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S.D. School Board Takes First Big Step in Selecting School Chief

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Aired 6/4/10

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education began its first round of interviews today in its search for a new superintendent.

— The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education began its first round of interviews today in its search for a new superintendent.

The panel is said to be interviewing five candidates. The trustees met with the five candidates behind closed doors.

District officials are not identifying who they are, however the board will name the top three finalists based on the interviews.

The district has held numerous town hall forums to get feedback on the issue. The board also appointed a committee of community members to go through the applications.

That group whittled the candidates down to five, but the school board wanted to interview seven.

As a result, the district has extended the application deadline until Friday.

The trustees have adopted a new way to select a superintendent. They want community members to influence the vote. The board plans to showcase the top candidates in a series of public forums.

There were concerns that approach might limit the number of candidates.

The board wants a new leader in place by July.

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