Ostash tapped to lead SSUSD

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Ostash tapped to lead SSUSDPictured: Dr. David Ostash


Dr. David Ostash has been selected as the next superintendent of Sierra Sands Unified School District, following a special meeting of the SSUSD Board of Education on Monday evening.

Currently serving the district as assistant superintendent of human resources, Ostash will succeed Superintendent Ernie Bell when he retires in July.

“The board felt it was critical that we first look inside the district for our next superintendent,” said Board President Kurt Rockwell. “The Indian Wells Valley is a closeknit community, and a unique one at that.

“We wanted to find someone vested in our community who would be a great advocate for our kids, with a passion and demonstrated expertise for creating a strong certificated and classified team.”

Ostash began his career at the district in fall 1995, when he was hired as a teacher at Burroughs High School. Throughout his career he has held positions as assistant principal and principal in local schools before moving to his current position. Rockwell noted that during that time, Ostash has demonstrated that he possesses all the attributes the board was seeking and more.

“In our in-depth interview with him, he presented thoughtful and impassioned answers to our questions that further solidified our confidence in his ability to take our district, which has been well-managed by Mr. Bell for the last five years, to the next level of excellence and capability,” said Rockwell.

“There is no question in my mind — Dr. Ostash is the right candidate to fill this position,” said Bell. “He has a proven record of success. He’s accomplished goals in every position he’s held that have created a significant positive impact to our district.

“His leadership style, communication abilities and investment in our community and our kids is truly unbelievable. His ability to create powerful relationships with people has been a powerful asset to the students, our staff and our community. I’ve been privileged to work with and be mentored by a number of outstanding educational leaders in my career, but Dave is truly one of a kind,” continued Bell.

“I’m excited for him, but I’m also excited for our community. There is no doubt he will continue to lead our district into an outstanding future for our kids.”

“I’m honored to be entrusted by the board to serve our community’s students and families,” said Ostash — noting that the Sierra Sands community includes more than 5,000 students as well as hundreds of teachers with individual hopes and dreams.

“I will draw on the legacy of those who have worked before me and alongside me, while also identifying opportunities for innovation to be sure we continue to deliver educational excellence for years to come,” he said. “My first priority right now is serving and supporting the remainder of Mr. Bell’s superintendency.

“ I am extremely grateful for his mentorship, and as we work through the transition together, I look forward to sharing strategic vision and next steps for the continued success of our district.”

“We are grateful for Mr. Bell’s leadership and look forward to Dr. Ostash’s professionalism, energy and enthusiasm as we move into the coming years,” said Rockwell.

Story First Published: 2019-01-11