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Dr. Holly Edds
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Julie Payne
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
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Dr. Holly Edds – Superintendent

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.

Dr. Holly Edds undefined Superintendent

Mission Statement

Students at Orcutt Union School District come first. We partner with our families and the community to ensure that each student has the skills, resilience and drive to achieve their full potential.


Orcutt Union School District students experience a high quality education in a caring, inclusive, and safe environment that inspires them to discover their path, and pursue their goals and aspirations. 

Core Values

We Believe

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

Our Success is Assured Through

  • 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

Our Goals

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
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication

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
  • Coaching
  • Choice
  • 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)
  • Mindfulness
  • School Safety


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

  • Finances
  • Infrastructure
  • Human Resources
  • Community
  • Facilities and Grounds

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