Coombs named Lowell District superintendent
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
Jim Coombs has been hired as the new Superintendent of Schools of the Lowell Joint School District.
Coombs is currently the principal of Buena Park High School. The district’s board will approve the contract at the next meeting.
Coombs’ actual start date is yet to be determined, but will be soon as the contract with LJSD’s current interim superintendent Giokaris will be ending.
“Mr. Coombs is an excellent match for our District,” said LJSD Board President Brandon Jones. “The Board of Trustees has great confidence that Mr. Coombs’ personal character and ethics, dedication, passion, skills and talents, professional experiences, and people skills will equip him to most effectively serve and provide the leadership needed to ensure that our district remains one of the best in the State of California in the years to come.”
Coombs began his professional career as a science teacher at Ramona Middle School in La Verne in 1988.
After three years teaching at the middle school, Coombs spent the next five years teaching at the high school level, before returning to Ramona Middle School to serve as assistant principal in 1996 for three years.
Subsequently, he served as a high school assistant principal for two years.
Coombs served as the principal of two different high schools (West Covina and Buena Park) for a total of over 12 years.
Coombs has also served as an assistant superintendent for a total of six years in the West Covina, Monrovia, and Claremont Unified School Districts.
“I am honored to serve,” Coombs said. “It is a blessing and a privilege. My wife, our sons, and I are most thankful for the opportunity to join the Lowell Joint School District family and support all staff members, students, families, and the entire community as we work together to ensure the success of all students.”