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Superintendent Doug Kimberly Announces Retirement After 2021-22 School Year

Superintendent Doug Kimberly Announces Retirement After 2021-22 School Year

After a Decade of Serving LEUSD Students


Lake Elsinore, Calif., (December 7, 2021)- Dr. Doug Kimberly announced his retirement from Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD) after 10 years of distinguished service to the District. Dr. Kimberly began his over 30-year career in public service as a teacher and coach in Orange County, California. He acquired school site level administration experience at the high school level while serving as both assistant principal and principal of Brea Olinda Highschool, and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. He also served as Superintendent of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

Hired in 2012, Dr. Kimberly’s vision was focused on student achievement, enhancing collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, and building innovative learning environments for the 21st Century students and teachers. 

Upon announcing his retirement Dr. Kimberly shared the following with the LEUSD community, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to work with you all. I believe the District's future is very bright because of the dedicated people of the District. Measure V will continue to provide resources for innovative educational technologies for decades to come.” said Dr. Kimberly. “It has been my most significant professional honor to be a part of the LEUSD team.”

Under his leadership the district, Dr. Kimberly oversaw the implementation of many landmark initiatives that included:

  • Formation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to empower LEUSD teachers to develop strategies, cultivate new ideas and implement cutting-edge practices to strengthen teaching and learning in our district.
  • Expansion of English Learners service
  • Enhancement of social-emotional learning opportunities available for learners at every level.
  • Collaboration opportunities with internal and external stakeholders to strengthen both community partnerships and relationships

In addition to these achievements, under his leadership, the District completed the largest facilities modernization program in LEUSD history. Utilizing funds provided by voter approved Measure V bond, major renovation projects took place across the District. Projects included the expansion of instructional technology in classrooms, solar projects for future savings and sustainability, and modernization of facilities.

On behalf of the LEUSD Board of Trustees President Heidi Dodd stated “Dr. Kimberly has brought exceptional leadership and vision to our district. We truly appreciate his dedicated service over the last decade and thank him for his incredible commitment to our students, staff and community.”

The Board will soon meet to determine the district’s next steps and a timeline for naming LEUSD’s next Superintendent of Schools. More information will be posted on the LEUSD website as it becomes available.


The Lake Elsinore Unified School District covers more than 144 square miles. It serves TK-12 students from Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Wildomar, plus several unincorporated Riverside County communities, including Lakeland Village, Horsethief Canyon, and The Farm. The district serves over 21,000 students and operates 23 different schools, alternative education, online and blended learning programs. LEUSD offers a Dual Immersion program at the elementary level and the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Temescal Canyon High School, a fully certified IB World School. In August 2020, we completed Alberhill Elementary School, the district's first new school to be constructed and opened in 12 years. The district's mission of preparing students for college and career success is evident every day at every school.

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