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Email: t***@***.us
Oakland Unified School District
1024 Second Avenue
Oakland , California 94606
United States

Company Description: The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), the public school system for Oakland, California is building America's first Full-Service Community School District, one...   more

Employment History

  • Superintendent and Director of Human Resources
    Chippewa Falls School
  • Superintendent
    Chippewa Falls School
  • Assistant Principal
    Frick Middle School
  • Principal
    Bret Harte Middle School
  • School Superintendent
    Valders School District
  • Superintendent
    Valders School District

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • master's degree
    University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • bachelor's degree
    Winona State University
  • master's degree
    UW-Eau Claire
  • Ph.D.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
30 Total References
Web References
Board and Officers « Oakland Leaf Foundation, 11 June 2015 [cached]
Tom Hughes, Secretary
Principal, Bret Harte Middle School
Tom Hughes has worked for the last 12 years in the middle schools of Oakland. He started teaching right out of college in Oakland at the now closed Carter Middle School and then continued teaching students from many of the same families at Westlake Middle School. After receiving his administrative credential and MA in education at Cal he moved on to Frick Middle School as Assistant Principal. He is currently in his second year as principal at Bret Harte Middle School. A native of Berkeley, Tom is overzealous in his love of the Bay Area and the weather in the East Bay. In his free time he can be found in his garden, biking around town, or escaping to the mountains.
Our Members, 14 June 2013 [cached]
Dr. Thomas R Hughes
Superintendent Chippewa Falls School System
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter - Closing schools not easy decision, 7 Jan 2005 [cached]
Tom Hughes, school superintendent of the Valders School District, said delayed means just that - delayed.
"If buses came in 10 minutes later than what you want, you'd smile because the kids are here and go about your day," Hughes said.
Bus routes will take longer during a snowstorm, but waiting until daylight, after most of the traffic heading to work is off the roads, Hughes said getting the children safely to school is not a problem.
After looking at radar maps, consulting with the bus company and driving the roads himself, Hughes said he didn't believe school needed to be cancelled.
New Chippewa Falls Superintendent ..., 14 July 2009 [cached]
New Chippewa Falls Superintendent Tom Hughes, left, listens as Bob Severson, director of building, grounds and safety, describes projects that are underway in the middle school gymnasium Friday.
Tom Hughes may have been raised in eastern Wisconsin and spent most of his life there, but he was no stranger to Chippewa Falls.
When he walked into the administration offices earlier this month to begin serving as superintendent of Chippewa Falls schools, it wasn't the first time he had set foot in district buildings.
It turns out Hughes had visited two of the district's 10 school buildings and the Northern Center while working towards his master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"I've never forgotten them, not just the buildings themselves ... but the community," he said.
Hughes, 47, was drawn back to the Chippewa Valley as soon as he discovered Chippewa Falls' superintendent position had opened up.
"I knew it would be a nice community," he said.
Hughes started his new position on July 1. He and his wife Pam purchased a house in the city and plan to get involved in the area.
When Hughes accepted the post at Chippewa Falls, he was drawn not only to the area, but also to the district.
Chippewa Falls has may collaboration and continuous improvement initiatives similar to what Hughes put in place while he was superintendent of the Valders School District, near Manitowoc, for the past 10 years.
"It's part of what I think has brought us together," he said.
Though Hughes sees many similarities between his former district of about 1,100 students and the Chippewa Falls district, with close to 5,000 students, he doesn't plan to treat them equally.
"I'm not the kind of person who has gone to the next place who has brought the whole bag or whatever from the last place," he said.
"My conversation is what can we do here. The job is to do what is right for that district."
Hughes has worked in education for more than 20 years. He was a school psychologist and a special education director before becoming superintendent in Valders.
He obtained a bachelor's degree from Winona State University in Winona, Minn., a master's degree from UW-Eau Claire and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"What I offer is I've done a lot of different things," Hughes said, noting that those past experiences will help him complete the tasks he has before him in Chippewa Falls.
"I've worked in a variety of sizes of districts, and through those experiences, I've learned that not one person holds all the answers," he said.
Looking ahead
With only a few days on the job in Chippewa Falls, Hughes has no plans yet to implement new programs
Hughes is looking forward to getting involved in the district's future budget planning.
"To make it the next couple years ... it's going to take working together and buckling down," he said of the budget crunch facing Wisconsin schools.
But he added that Chippewa Falls has already done well in working proactively with its budgeting.
"With all the fiscal stuff going on, it's nice to come from a district that watched out for itself financially to a school that has done the same things," he said.
Hughes also plans to increase cooperation the district has with the community.
"The relationship the school and the community can have together is fantastic," he said.
Though Hughes has worked for various school systems, he plans to take a unique approach to leading Chippewa Falls.
Thomas Hughes, ... [cached]
Thomas Hughes, superintendent of the Chippewa Falls School District.
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