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School Superintendent Search To Be Considered

— The San Diego Unified School Board is expected to hammer out a timeline in its search for a new school superintendent today.

San Diego Unified school board president Richard Barrera (right) is expected to propose a timeline for the district’s superintendent search on January 26, 2010.
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Above: San Diego Unified school board president Richard Barrera (right) is expected to propose a timeline for the district’s superintendent search on January 26, 2010.

San Diego Unified school board president Richard Barrera wants a permanent superintendent in place by July, but his proposed timeline begins this month with the board establishing a 15-member search committee made up of community members.

He's also proposing a series of town hall forums in spring. He wants people to identify qualities they believe makes a successful superintendent.

“Taking into account what the public is saying we're looking for, the committee would narrow down to a list of two or three finalists who would then be brought out to the public. Then the public would get a chance to meet (the candidates), interview them,” Barrera said.

Barrera says its all part of making the search as open and transparent as possible -- a departure from how the district has conducted superintendent searches in the past. The school board will make the final decision.

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