School Board Wants More Time

The San Diego Unified School District was originally slated to announce the names of the three finalists for the superintendent's job at 6:30 p.m. Monday but board members changed their minds at the last minute.

Saying they needed more time to deliberate, the board decided to delay the announcement. A spokesperson said this is a big decision that they do not want to rush.

The three month search process has come down to this.

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.

Another school board meeting is set for Tuesday after which the names may be announced.

A community interview with the three candidates will be held on Thursday. 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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