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Superintendent Sevillano

Superintendent Dr. Sevillano

Dr. Paul Sevillano emerged as the top candidate for Superintendent of the Rim of the World Unified School District after a three-month recruitment, selection, and screening process led by District trustees. Dr. Sevillano is expected to be formally appointed at the school board meeting on February 22, 2024. 

Most recently, Dr. Sevillano served as Superintendent of the Farmersville Unified School District, a rural district of 2,800 students in Tulare County. In that role, he promoted 21st-century learning and college and career readiness for students. Dr. Sevillano’s impressive résumé reveals a trajectory of success as a classroom teacher, high school assistant principal and principal, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance, and Assistant Superintendent specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. 

“Throughout his educational career, it seems Dr. Sevillano has demonstrated excellence, embodying a relationships-first leadership style that aligns with our District’s mission, vision, and values. Past colleagues and key stakeholders consistently described him as a student-centered, servant leader who collaborates effectively with staff, guardians, and community members,” said Jordan Zarate, President of the Rim of the World Unified School Board. 

Dr. Sevillano holds a doctorate in K-12 Leadership from USC, a master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Physical Education from California State University, Long Beach. 

“I am incredibly honored to be selected as the new Superintendent of Rim of the World Unified School District. I look forward to meeting our students, families, and dedicated staff and to partnering with the Board of Education in service of each and every learner.” 

Dr. Sevillano is involved with several professional organizations, including the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA). He is involved in supporting foster and at-risk youth, ensuring that students have access to instructional programs in school and at home. Dr. Sevillano is also a sought-after executive coach and consultant, offering his expertise to support new and aspiring public school administrators. 

On a personal note, Dr. Sevillano is a California native who resides in Lake Arrowhead with his wife and three of his grandchildren. “Serving in the District where my grandchildren attend school is a unique privilege that beautifully blends my personal priorities with my professional endeavors.” When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and is active in his church. 

The Rim of the World School Board would like to thank the education partners who attended focus groups, participated in interviews, or completed the online survey. The information collected from staff and community members was invaluable in the development of a leadership profile that guided the screening and selection process. In addition, appreciation is extended to the candidates who shared professional experiences and their vision for the district. 

Dr. Sevillano is expected to assume his new role in early March. Dr. Gary Rutherford will continue as Interim Superintendent until Dr. Sevillano reports to work.

Dr. Paul Sevillano
Dr. Paul Sevillano
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Sue Reed
Sue Reed
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