School Supt Finalists Named

By Mitch Swersky
|  Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 9:29 AM PDT
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School Supt Finalists Named

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The San Diego Unified School District announced the names of the three finalists for the district's superintendent position. 

The candidates include William Kowba, currently the interim superintendent for the district, Debbra A. Lindo, currently the CEO and Chief Academic Officer for College Track and Dale W. Vigil, former superintendent of the Hayward Unified School District.

Our media partners the voiceofsandiego spoke with school board president Richard Barrera about the selection.

During a time of serious budget cuts and important decisions regarding students, teachers and local families, the board is looking for a strong candidate to lead the district.

Over the last several months the district has tried to involved the community in the search giving the public opportunities to share their opinions with the board about the most desirable skills and personal qualities needed in the next superintendent.

There were five town hall meetings attended by parents, students, employees and community members as well as opportunities to submit suggestions through the district's website.

In addition, the process included the involvement of a board-appointed committee of volunteers who helped facilitate those town hall meetings, reviewed all applications for the position and referred seven candidates out of more than 20 applications.

A community interview with the three candidates will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Eugene Brucker Education Center. On the district's website the public can submit questions, the candidates will be interviewed -- then the community can email the board their opinions.

A final decision is expected by late June or early July.

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