trustees have appointed Elizabeth Bozzo as the new principal and superintendent of the one-campus organization for the 2011-12 school year.
At a May 5 board meeting, trustees approved Bozzo's contract. She will begin her duties July 1.
Board president Steven Cox said he was pleased with Bozzo's selection and was looking forward to working with the seasoned educator.
“After getting to know Ms. Bozzo, I feel her unique qualifications and dynamic personality are a perfect fit for Lakeside,” Cox said. “I am looking forward to working together to continue the excellent program at and building the best possible future for the district.”
According to Lakeside Joint School District Acting Superintendent Susan Ady, the board conducted several interviews with staff and a community meeting for the public to find out what they wanted in the search to replace former Principal and Superintendent Bob Chrisman, who retired last December.
The board began its search in January by hiring a few consulting firms that recommended 26 candidates.
Those candidates were interviewed and narrowed down to three, and the board ultimately decided that Bozzo was the best fit for the one-school, kindergarten-through-grade-five district, which has a total enrollment of 85 students.
“It was a very positive process,” said Ady.
Bozzo has worked in education for almost 20 years and is serving as principal and superintendent of Mission Union Elementary School District in Soledad, where she has served for the last eight years.
She said she looks forward to working with the Los Gatos families.
“I’m looking forward to the new challenge and looking forward to working with the families in my new home of Los Gatos,” Bozzo said. “I look forward to working with the staff and teachers and enhance the 21st century learning experience for the students.”
Bozzo said that Mission Union Elementary School District is similar to Lakeside in terms of size and community.
Mission Union Elementary School Board president David Fleming said Bozzo's abilities and experience in education have made her successful.
“Her abilities and talents are highly prized and thusly praised,” Fleming said. “The opportunity for her to shine and grow in another district is not surprising.”
Bozzo has a Bachelor of Science in public administration from the University of Southern California. She is married and has four children.