Kirk Shrum reading a book to students

About Superintendent Shrum

  • Kirk Shrum Smiling HeadshotKirk Shrum has been serving as superintendent of Visalia Unified School District since May 16, 2022.  Mr. Shrum was appointed superintendent by the VUSD Board of Education on March 8, 2022, after a rigorous nationwide search.  Mr. Shrum brings over 25 years of educational and administrative leadership experience to his role of superintendent.

    Superintendent Shrum previously served as the chief school leadership officer for Henry County Schools in McDonough, Georgia, a position he held since 2019.  Before serving as the chief school leadership officer, Mr. Shrum served as area executive director for Henry County Schools from 2013 to 2019 and as a school principal from 2011 to 2013 for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Superintendent Shrum began his career as a teacher with Hamilton County School District at Thrasher Elementary School in 1997, after which he assumed the assistant principal role at Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School and eventually principal of Daisy Elementary School in 2006.

    Mr. Shrum earned a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    Mr. Shrum is honored to serve the Visalia community as the VUSD superintendent.  He is passionate about improving academic outcomes for students and increasing student connectivity.

Entry Plan

  • The purpose of the Superintendent's Entry Plan was to provide the district with a clear plan for the first 90 days.  The plan encompassed three major phases:

    • Engage:  To listen and learn with all stakeholders.  
    • Examine:  To examine all aspects of the district to identify success, opportunities, and challenges.
    • Envision:  To develop and chart a path forward that creates the conditions for everyone to be successful.

    Please find the following links below to access the Entry Plan and Board of Education presentation concluding the Entry Plan:



  • Felisa Hannah
    Executive Assistant to Superintendent
    Phone: 559-730-7522