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Superintendent Selection To Be An Open Process

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Aired 9/11/09

San Diego Unified school trustees want to reform the way the next superintendent is picked so the community -- not the school board -- decides who is best to lead the district.

— San Diego Unified school trustees want to reform the way the next superintendent is picked so the community -- not the school board -- decides who is best to lead the district.

San Diego school trustees say finding a permanent replacement for superintendent Grier will take longer than usual because they plan to overhaul the superintendent search and selection process.

Instead of it being secretive and exclusive in nature, the board wants to make it an open process, whereby the public knows the candidates and gets to weigh-in on each person.

Trustee Katherine Nakamura said the five-member board is giving-up some of its control.

"Five San Diegans do not a San Diego make," Nakamura said. "So we need to do outreach. Its time for people to step forward and say this is what matters, our childrens' education, particularly in this time of crisis."

In the meantime, the board picked William Kowba as the district's interim superintendent. He currently oversees business operations. Kowba has been the district's interim superintendent before -- serving in the same role about a year ago when the district was working to recruit Grier.

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