Welcome to Black Butte Elementary, home of the Bobcats! I am honored to serve as your Principal. It is my passion to provide a safe and well functioning school that will support the development of all students and the growth of all staff members to achieve our fullest potential.  

I am a Northern California native and graduate of California State University of Chico with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, seventeen years of service in the classroom and a Master's degree in Applied School Leadership from National University. 

My wife Carrie and I enjoy hiking, family get-togethers, being involved in community, and supporting and watching our three children, Skylar, Lekzie and Ethan play sports and grow up way too fast.  

I am blessed and look forward to serving this school district and community and striving towards always getting better together!  Please feel free to communicate any questions and concerns that may serve as a benefit to our students.  

 Vision Statement:

Eager learners with a growth mindset, excelling in academics and relationships, becoming resilient leaders of tomorrow!

Thomas W. Safford - Principal

Black Butte Elementary School

7752 Ponderosa Way
Shingletown, CA 96088
Phone: 530-474-3125 ext: 332  -   FAX: 530-474-3118

Tom Safford