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Committee delays vote on superintendent search

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Will the new unified superintendent be a local hire or come from across the nation? That's the decision the Superintendent Selection Process Ad Hoc Committee was supposed to decide on Thursday night.

The committee said last week that they would decide on if the unified superintendent search would be local, statewide or nationwide.

Thursday night they decided, after a three hour presentation, to postpone the meeting and the vote until next week.

The ad hoc committee, along with Unified School Board members, did hear a presentation from Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools.

Casserly says he has seen searches fail, many because of a lack of teamwork among members.

Unified School Board Member Diane George asked Casserly how to get past those conflicts among their own board in order to work as a team and make the superintendent search a success. Casserly says he cannot give a satisfactory answer for that, adding that they just that have to move forward.

"The board, as everybody knows, we do have our ups and downs, everything has their ups and downs, and we have to focus on that. But at the end of the day we've got to do the right thing and when placed in charge we've got to do the right thing, and we are placed in charge," says George.

Casserly did address the issue the committee was supposed to discuss Thursday night regarding the range of the superintendent search. He says do not limit the search to local or statewide, but rather make it a nationwide search. He adds it may end up leading to a local selection regardless.

As for a timeline for the superintendent search, Casserly says he knows of searches completed within six months.

The Superintendent Search Process Committee will meet again next Thursday.

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