CULVER CITY — The Culver City school board has announced the hiring of Joshua Arnold as the district’s new superintendent.
The board approved Arnold’s hiring at the June 28 school board meeting after a comprehensive screening and interview process. Arnold assumed the position July 1, replacing Dave LaRose, who announced his plans to retire in late February.
“We had a number of amazing candidates to choose from, and the board was unanimous in choosing Dr. Arnold,” school board President Steve Levin said. “He is a terrific, charismatic, leader who will lead [the district] in the right direction, deepening our commitment to the values and strategies which make this a great school district.”
Arnold had been serving as the assistant superintendent of educational services in the Los Alamitos Unified School District in Orange County.
He earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from UCLA, received a master’s in organizational leadership from Harvard, and a doctorate in education from USC.
Arnold is no stranger this part of Southern California. He is a graduate of Beverly Hills High School and began his career in education as an English teacher in the Los Angeles Unified and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school districts before becoming a school principal at Crenshaw Arts Tech Charter High and Los Alamitos High School.
He also served as assistant principal at Fountain Valley High School, one of Orange County’s largest enrolled schools with more than 3,600 students.
Arnold and his wife, Claire, have two children, Isabella Juliet, 4, and Anthony Othello, 2. An active family, they enjoy traveling, eating out and outdoor adventuring whenever they get a chance.