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News - March 10, 2017

Next steps in PUSD superintendent search

Recruitment set to begin; goal is for new hire to start job July 1

by Julia Reis

At a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Pleasanton school board and members of the recently hired executive search firm discussed how the district will proceed with finding its new superintendent.

The planned next steps are laid out in a calendar prepared by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the Palo-Alto based firm selected to run the search for the next superintendent.

The search 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.

The specific dates in the timeline are tentative, PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon said Wednesday. The board did not take any official action during Tuesday's meeting, merely reviewing the recommended timeline.

The formal recruitment process is set to begin later this month, with screening interviews slated for the end of April. At closed-session meetings in early May, the board will be presented with the top candidates and conduct first interviews.

The board will conduct second interviews in mid-May. A group of community members yet to be determined will also meet with top candidates.

On May 23, 24 or 25, the board will visit the final candidate's current place of employment.

The search firm will conduct an in-depth background check of the finalist, which will include review of media coverage and social media presence over the last five years in addition to checking their criminal and credit history, credentials and references, Gannon said.

The previous search firm McPherson and Jacobson -- whose recruitment led to the hiring last spring of since-ousted superintendent Rick Rubino -- did not review media or social media presence as part of their work, according to their contract.

To get community input, the district is set to post a survey online that will be open to all residents from March 14-31.

The consultants also plan to meet with identified citizens and community groups to get feedback on what qualities they'd like to see in the next superintendent. That feedback, along with survey results, will be folded into a leadership profile report to be presented to the board April 18.

Tuesday's timeline update followed the board's decision last month to award a contract for $26,000 plus expenses to Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to run the search for PUSD's next leader.

The new recruitment comes in the wake of the board terminating Rubino as superintendent for undisclosed reasons in January after just over six months on the job. Micaela Ochoa, who had been deputy superintendent of business services, is serving as interim superintendent through June 30.


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