Community members interested in giving the Pleasanton Unified School District input for its superintendent search can do so online and in person this month.
The school district has opened an online survey through March 31, and the district will hold three public forums this week to solicit input. All community members are welcome to attend the forums and take the survey, according to PUSD officials.
District leaders and consultant firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates are working to gather citizen feedback as part of PUSD's latest search for a new permanent superintendent.
The new search -- the district's second in as many years -- comes in the wake of the school board terminating PUSD superintendent Rick Rubino for undisclosed reasons in January after just over six months in the position. Deputy superintendent of business services Micaela Ochoa is serving as interim superintendent through June 30.
The school board hopes to have a permanent superintendent on the job by July 1.
The newly released online survey for the superintendent search is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Individual responses are kept anonymous and confidential, and residents can skip questions if they want.
“This survey is designed to gather your perceptions of the school district and the importance of various characteristics found in effective superintendents,” the survey introduction reads. “The information will be used to determine the desired characteristics of the next superintendent.”
In the first section, “State of the District,” participants are first asked to rate the overall quality of education in PUSD, from unsatisfactory to excellent.
Then they are asked to what extent they agree or disagree with a series of statements about the district, such as, “The district is heading in the right direction”; “students are on track to be college and career ready,” and “there is transparent communication from the district.”
Section 2 is titled, “Leadership Profile” and includes 12 statements that are skills the district wants a leader to possess. Residents are asked to select the four statements that are most important to them.
Listed below the line, “I would like the new superintendent to:” are statements such as, “foster a positive, professional climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff, and administrators”; “provide a clear, compelling vision for the future,” and “effectively plan and manage the long-term financial health of the district.”
The final section is, “Other Considerations,” and allows participants to write out any additional comments they want to make about what they believe are necessary characteristics for a superintendent.
Residents can also share the name and contact info of someone they believe would be a good candidate for the job.
There will also be three community forums this week.
Two will take place on Wednesday, with the first scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the district office boardroom at 4665 Bernal Ave. and the second from 7-8 p.m. in the Amador Valley High library at 1155 Santa Rita Road.
The third forum will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the district office boardroom.
All forums will be the same, with the intent being to gather feedback on qualities residents would like to see in PUSD's next leader. Translation will be provided in Spanish and Chinese.
Based on community and board input, consultant firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates will create a leadership profile outlining the values and characteristics the Pleasanton community is seeking in the district's next superintendent. The profile will be presented publicly during the April 18 school board meeting.
The search firm's calendar calls for the new superintendent to be appointed at the June 13 regular board meeting and start on the job July 1, the first day of the 2017-18 school year.
For more information on the district's superintendent search, visit the PUSD website.