SUSD accepting nominations for Joan Lucid award

Former Saugus Superintendent Joan Lucid in her office on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. She announced on that day that she would retire at the end of the school year. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
Former Saugus Superintendent Joan Lucid in her office on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. She announced on that day that she would retire at the end of the school year. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal
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News release 

The Saugus Union School District is seeking nominations for the annual Dr. Joan Lucid Leadership and Service Award.  

The award, which honors Lucid, who retired in June 2018 after nearly four decades as an educator/administrator in the district, will be given to an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the learning and development of students in the district. The nomination deadline is April 19. 

Following 11 years as an elementary teacher for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Lucid moved to the Saugus Union School District, where she spent the next 37 years progressing from being a classroom teacher to becoming an administrator. She first served as a teacher at Skyblue Mesa, Highlands and Honby elementary schools, then joined the district team as a project coordinator, assisting the district in multiple roles. 

Her leadership was rewarded with the principal’s position at Cedarcreek Elementary School in 1991. She was promoted in 1997 to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Her final role began in 2011, when she was selected as superintendent. She served in this role for seven years and her leadership saw many district accomplishments, according to a news release from the district. 

“Dr. Lucid established a tremendous legacy of leadership and service in SUSD,” Superintendent Colleen Hawkins said in the release. “It is only appropriate that we recognize her work and honor those who continue it.” 

All nominations will be reviewed by the Saugus Union School District governing board and district leadership, weighing both the application and the recommendations made on the applicant’s behalf. 

Nominations will be accepted until April 19, and the award will be presented at a future SUSD governing board meeting. All nominations must be submitted using the nomination form that can be found online at forms.gle/9x7DRj8HWqrhq3LPA. Self-nominations are allowed. 

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