One of Orange County’s oldest school districts will be getting the newest superintendent when Richard Tauer takes over as head of the Westminster School District, effective July 1.
Tauer will succeed Dr. Sharon Nordheim, who is retiring.
The WSD board voted last week to promote Tauer from assistant superintendent for human resources to leader of the 10,000-pupil district. It will meet tonight (Thursday) at 7 to finalize the terms of his contract.
The district, first established in 1872, serves most of Westminster as well as parts of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Midway City. It is a K-8 district, with two intermediate schools and 15 elementary campuses.
“Mr. Tauer is a highly-respected and skilled leader in this district and we are extremely pleased that he has accepted the role of superintendent,” said Dave Bridgewaters, president of the district’s Board of Trustees.
Tauer has been in public education for 38 years, having worked for school districts in Whittier, South Pasadena, Temple City and Rosemead. He has been a teacher, a principal and a director of personnel.
He has a masters degree and a B.A. from Cal State Los Angeles and has completed graduate work at USC.