LUSD announces new Superintendent

May 10, 2017

By Zack Jordan,

The Board of Trustees for the Lakeport Unified School District has announced their choice for their new Superintendent.


April Leiferman, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent, has been offered the position. Final approval of her contract will be confirmed at the May 11 board meeting.


Leiferman will replace Erin Smith-Hagberg. She has been an educator in Lake County for over 30 years in various positions. In addition to her current post, she has served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, English Learner Director, Principal, Assistant Principal and substitute teacher.


Leiferman said she applied for the position because she misses working with students in the schools. Although in her current position she does interact with a few, she craved being more involved.

As Superintendent of Lakeport schools, she will be able to work with 1,500 young people.

“I’m from the Midwest, so I love small towns and the close personal relationships and working with these kids and building that is something I love to do and look forward to doing,” Leiferman said.

A few of her first responsibilities will be familiar, projects that have started. These include creating a new school information system that does more direct analytics and a project called the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), intended to provide a basic understanding of how educators can work together to ensure equal access and opportunity for students.


Leiferman’s official start date will be July 1, but she will be working with the current superintendent to create an easy transition into her position. Aside from building relationships with students, Leiferman is also looking forward to getting a closer look at the full scope of the board’s work and making sure the students and teachers get the support they need in the classrooms.

Dennis Darling, President of the Board of Trustees for the Lakeport Unified School District (LUSD), said in a newsletter that with her background and expertise in multiple areas she will be able to benefit the students.


“The entire board is excited to have such an experienced and qualified individual agree to lead LUSD,” Darling said.

Leiferman graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology and a Masters in Counseling and Human Resources all from South Dakota State University. She also received two Education Administration degrees from Sacramento State University and Sonoma State University.

“Ever since the announcement has been put in, I have been so grateful of all the congratulations from around the county, especially in the Konocti District,” Leiferman said. “And also I appreciate the welcome the Lakeport community has given me. I feel very fortunate to be walking in the footsteps of the current superintendent.”

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