Superintendent's Office

Dr. Holly Edds - Superintendent

Department Contacts:
Dr. Holly Edds
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Alice Salazar
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
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Dr. Edds has been a member of the Orcutt Union School District’s management team for the past 16 years, most recently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services since 2010. She also served as Principal of Joe Nightingale Elementary School for six years. Prior to coming to OUSD, Dr. Edds was a teacher and administrator in San Luis Obispo County in the Paso Robles Unified School District and San Miguel Joint Union School District as well as working for the Santa Barbara County Office of Education as a Program Specialist in their Migrant Education program. She has experience teaching both regular and special education, and holds multiple teaching credentials including a reading specialist certificate.

“I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to partner with our Board of Trustees in continuing the commitment to excellence for our students. This district holds a special place in my heart because of the people who work and live here. We have such dedicated employees and such a supportive community. It is clear that the culture in this district continues to put students first and to do whatever it takes to ensure our students have what they need to succeed not only in the time they are here with us, but in their future endeavors. I am proud of what we have accomplished and excited about what is yet to come.” Edds received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Irvine, her Master’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and her doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara as part of a joint doctoral program with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She lives in Orcutt with her husband and two daughters.

                MISSION STATEMENT

Students at Orcutt Union School District come first. Our mission is to safely nurture, educate, inspire, and empower our children to successfully navigate and thrive in an ever changing world.

As the heart of the communities we serve, the Orcutt Union School District will foster high levels of student success through multiple pathways of learning. Our highly trained, dedicated staff will offer all students a world-class education, that leads the way in innovation and creativity, and will be known for its caring, collaborative and inclusive culture.

Core Values


Students come first
Student safety is paramount
All students can learn at high levels
In meeting the needs of the whole child
Results matter


Fostering a community of learners
Providing equitable support for all students
Quality instruction with rigor and relevance
Effective leadership
Mutual respect
Cultural and social understanding
Clear and open communication
Parent/community engagement
Continuous improvement and accountability for all


High Quality Instruction
We will provide and support engaging, high quality instruction, which promotes active learning and maximizes student achievement while creating a positive culture.

Implementation of rigorous curriculum
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Assessment & Accountability
Physical Education
Visual and Performing Arts

Future Ready
We will provide an innovative curriculum, utilizing flexible learning environments that will prepare students to be future-ready, and thrive in a global society.

The 4 Cs
   Critical Thinking
  Creativity and Innovation

Character and Citizenship Development
CTE and Career Pathways
Cultural Understanding
Adaptive Learning Spaces

Professional Development & Wellness
We will provide our staff inspiring, relevant, and meaningful, learning and wellness opportunities in a safe supportive environment, to prepare for the ever changing needs of our district.

Professional Learning Communities
Effective Professional Development
    Cutting-Edge presenters
    Flexible times
Staff Wellness

Whole Child Approach

We will provide inspiring, creative, healthy and safe environments that nurture imagination and compassion; foreseeing engaged, supported and challenged students.
   Social Emotional Learning
   Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)
   School Safety

We will be good stewards of of our resources and pursue new avenues to support the goals of our district.
   Human Resources
   Facilities and Grounds

The Orcutt Union School District does not discriminate against individuals based on actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, or sexual orientation. Compliance Officer: Susan Salucci, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources/Discrimination/Equity & Title lX Compliance Officer, 500 Dyer Street, Orcutt, CA 93455, Email:, Phone: 805-938-8909. See district policies at