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San Diego Unified names 2 finalists for superintendent job

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Dr. Susan Enfield and Dr. Lamont Jackson appear in this undated photo.

The San Diego Board of Education now moves to the final phase of choosing its next Superintendent. Outgoing Board President Richard Barrera announced the final two candidates for the job Tuesday evening during the board’s last meeting of the year. The short list includes a familiar name and an award-winning educator from the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Susan Enfield is currently the Superintendent of Highline Public Schools in Seattle. She’s held the position for the past ten years and just recently announced she would be resigning at the end of the current school year. In a September video message to parents and students of the district she said, “I've made the decision that it is time for me to move on and for Highline to have a new leader.”

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It was shortly there after she applied for the position in San Diego.

The Highline Public Schools district is located south of Seattle in an area near the Sea-Tac Airport. It serves just over 17,500 students grades K-12 in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center in Washington State. The student population is significantly smaller than San Diego Unified with more than 120,000 students.

San Diego Unified names 2 finalists for superintendent job
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Dr. Enfield has been a teacher and once served as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools. She’s been named national superintendent of the year as well as receiving that honor in Washington State. The Highline district motto strongly promoted by the superintendent states, “every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength and need and graduates prepared for the future they choose.”

Dr. Lamont Jackson has been the interim San Diego superintendent since June when Cindy Marten left the position to become U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education for the Biden Administration.


Dr. Jackson has been an employee of the District for more than 30 years as a teacher, coach, principal, Human Resources officer and Area Superintendent. He also was a San Diego Unified student from elementary school through his high school graduation. He has been a fervent promoter of COVID-19 safety protocols and supporter of the district’s vaccination mandate in place for eligible students 16 and up who must be fully vaccinated by the start of the new semester in January.

The finalists were chosen following an extensive community engagement process led by a diverse 48 member advisory committee.

"As our advisory committee led a robust community engagement process, we learned a lot about what the public expects from the superintendent and what it envisions for the San Diego Unified School District." said Richard Barrera. "These incredibly qualified candidates are the result of that community process, and each of them meets the qualifications and characteristics the public told us they are looking for."

Community forums for the public to engage with the superintendent finalists will be held on Jan. 10, including events at Logan Memorial Educational Campus and Patrick Henry High School. A final decision will be announced by the time of the State of the District address scheduled to be given by the new Superintendent.

San Diego Unified names 2 finalists for superintendent job

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