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School starts August 15th for students and staff return August 8th! We are welcoming many new teachers and classified staff to serve our school community. In addition, we are opening Monument Peak School (grades TK-8) in Big River. Individual schools will be sending parents/guardians specific information for each of their sites. We are looking forward to seeing your children as they return to school this year! If you have questions, ask your child's teacher or contact the school principal.

School Starts August 15th!!!

Students return Monday, August 15th at regular start times! Monday, 8/15; Tuesday 8/16 and Wednesday 8/17 are MINIMUM DAYS.

Trustees Hire Dr. Pat Novotney to Conduct Search for Next Superintendent

Dr. Pat Novotney, search adviser with Dave Long & Associates, has been hired to conduct a search for the next superintendent. Information will be published on state-wide websites early this month and applications will be reviewed for interviews ins late September. The public may provide input on this process during the open portion of each board meeting.

Board of Trustees to Conduct Search for Next Superintendent

The Board of Trustees are in the process of identifying procedures to conduct a search for the new Superintendent by the October 3rd timeline. More information will be posted on the NUSD website as it is available. The goal is to find the best Superintendent to move our District forward to excellence while we ensure that "All Students Will Learn".


The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting Tuesday, 7/19 at 5:00 with a closed session to discuss the process to hire a new superintendent. Public input is available when the meeting opens first to general session before going into closed session. The meeting will take place in the District Board Room.

Superintendent Mary McNeil to Retire September 30, 2022!

Dr. Mary McNeil announced her retirement for Friday, September 30th 2022! She has been Superintendent for NUSD since the 2013-2014 school year following a 35-year career in 5 Los Angeles area school districts serving as an instructional assistant, teacher, principal, and district administrator. She was honored twice during her career as the California State Administrator of the Year for Central Office Admin. (2012) and for Superintendent (2018)! Dr. Mary says that it has been her honor to serve the students, staff and community of Needles USD! She will continue to serve the district and greater community as a volunteer and champion for all things NUSD!

Monument Peak School Community Meeting Monday 5/16/2022

It is finally happening! Monument Peak School will open to TK-8 students on August 15, 2022. A parent/guardian meeting will take place on Monday, 5/16/2022 at 5:00 at the Big River Community Service District located at 150351 Del Rey Dr Big River. Future meetings will take place every 2 weeks or more often until school opens. The Monument Peak School website has been created and will be updated weekly.

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