Superintendent of Schools, Scott W. Lay

Scott Lay

About the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools

Scott W. Lay serves as the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.  He was appointed to the position in August of 2017.  Prior to that time, he served as the Superintendent/Principal at the Clear Creek Elementary School District in Nevada County for the past 16 years where he was also a middle school teacher for 9 years previous to that.  During his tenure at Clear Creek School he led the district in achieving the top academic testing scores in Nevada County.

Mr. Lay received the Superintendent/Principal of the Year Award in 2015 for California from the Association of California School Administrators. Similar recognitions were also received in 2001 and 2008; as well as being named District Teacher of the Year in 1996.

Mr. Lay received his Associate of Arts degree from Sierra College, Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Davis, and his Masters and Administrative degrees from the University of La Verne.  Mr. Lay is an active member in several organizations, including Schools Insurance Group; Association of California School Administrators; and the California County Superintendents’ Educational Services Association. 

Scott has also been active in many local community organizations, such as the Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; Gold Country Triathlon Club; and the Friendship Club to name a few.

Scott is a native of Nevada County and has raised his family here for the past 26 years.  Both his college-aged children attended public schools in Nevada County.  He enjoys cycling, backpacking, hiking and spending time with his family. 

Contact Information

Scott W. Lay, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
380 Crown Point Circle
Grass Valley, CA 95945-9089
(530) 478-6400 or