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Community Outlines Qualities For San Diego’s Next School Leader

— A community taskforce helping to pick San Diego's next school superintendent held the last of five town hall meetings on the topic Wednesday evening. One taskforce member says he knows what kind of leader students want.

Evan Reed is a senior at Patrick Henry High School in San Carlos. He's the only student to be appointed to the district's superintendent search committee.

The committee is made up of 15 community members. Reed and the others held five town hall forums within the district this month to hear what kind of leader the community wants.

Reed says students want a young person who's hip to technology.

“An understanding of youth, of this generation and the direction things are going,” Reed said. “I'd also like to see someone who is not just in it for their own agenda, as a stepping stone in their career. I’d like someone who is not only intellectually, but emotionally and morally invested in the San Diego community."

Picking a superintendent tends to be a secretive process among top ranking school officials. However, San Diego City schools are relying on the community taskforce to pick the seven finalists. Officials hope an open and transparent approach will result in securing a leader who will stay for the long haul.

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