The Oxnard Union School District Board of Trustees Wednesday announced they have appointed Dr. Tom McCoy as the Superintendent of OUHSD. He has served as the interim superintendent since July 1, 2020.
Dr. McCoy has been the Assistant Superintendent Education Services at OUHSD since 2015. McCoy began his career as an educator in 1993 as a Teacher and Coach at Montgomery High School in the Sweetwater Union High School District in southern San Diego County. He later became an assistant principal and then principal at Hueneme High School in the OUHSD from 1998 until 2005. McCoy also held high school principal positions in the Poway Unified School District and Escondido Union High School District. He additionally served as the Director of Student Achievement and School Support at the Ventura County Office of Education prior to returning to Oxnard Union as Assistant Superintendent Educational Services in 2015.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve the students, teachers, staff, parents, and families of the Oxnard Union High School District. This is a community that values education and works together to create opportunities for our youth to thrive and find success.” said McCoy.
OUHSD Board of Trustees President Karen Sher announced the appointment during the November 18 Board Meeting, and offered her congratulations, “Dr. McCoy has been a steadfast and dedicated leader to the Oxnard Union High School District for many years and brings with him a deep commitment to equity, and access, and a powerful future for every child. The Oxnard Union High School District is incredibly fortunate to have him serving as our leader.” Dr. Gary Davis, the school board’s vice president who made the motion, notes that Dr. McCoy has a wealth of great experience to bring to his position as superintendent and has a tremendous capacity and sensitivity for seeking all available resources to meet the needs of our students.
McCoy took the helm of the 17,000-student district with a large Hispanic majority in a turbulent time for educators. At Wednesday night’s board meeting, McCoy presented the sixth iteration of the plans to educate students through distance learning programs. Plans have shifted as Ventura County moved in and out of the various COVID-19 tiers that establish behaviors during the pandemic.
McCoy earned his bachelor’s degree in history at UCLA, his master’s in education at the University of San Diego, and his Doctor of Education degree from UCLA in 2002. He takes over the largest school district in Ventura County with more than 17,000 students in ten high schools, and more than 1300 Faculty and Staff.