New Long Beach School District superintendent discusses transition

A new era is set to begin soon in the Long Beach School District with the appointment of a new superintendent.

Dr. Talia Lock discusses the transition and her plans for Long Beach schools.

The Long Beach School District has picked a familiar face to be its next leader. By a unanimous vote of the Long Beach school board, current Long Beach High School Principal Dr. Talia Lock has been selected to lead the district effective July 1st. “I feel extremely excited. I have a lot of ideas. I’ve always been like that where I have a lot of things I want to do. I also know I have to prioritize. I have to do a lot of listening and observing at first.”

A 1995 graduate of Long Beach High who has served as a teacher and administrator in the district since 2005, Lock has already started a transition period with outgoing superintendent Dr. Jay Smith, who has accepted the same role in the North Pike School District. “We are already going to start looking over policies for the School Board, we’re going to start looking at the budget. I’m going to meet with the finance director, so he already has those things lined up, meetings scheduled, times for us to meet and go over those things.”

Lock says some of her first priorities as superintendent will be to reach out to Long Beach teachers and community members, as well as looking at ways to expand vocational education in schools. “I think we have got to get our students ready in all areas, not just college career ready but workforce ready, and so that’s one of the things I plan on pursuing.”

While leaving Long Beach High is bittersweet for Dr. Lock, it’s far from a goodbye. “I can’t wait to start making those big pushes forward with all of the students in our whole district, it doesn’t have to be a goodbye. I told them I’m going to be here still, talking to the teachers here, talking to the administration here.”

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