Searching for the New Superintendent – School Board to Select Proposal on May 4

The CCUSD Board of Education met on April 20, 2021, in closed session to determine the next steps in its search for a new superintendent.

Board President Dr. Tashon McKeithan said in a statement “We are going to invite executive search firms to submit proposals for services. Proposals will be due on April 30 at 5 p.m. In a closed session meeting on Monday, May 3 at 4 p.m, the Board will review all of the proposals. We will select up to five firms to give a 20-minute presentation to the public.These presentations will take place during a special Board meeting on Tuesday, May 4 at 5 p.m. At the conclusion of the presentation, CCUSD union leaders will be invited to make comments (if desired). A 20-minute public comment period will follow, with each person receiving 1 minute to speak. At the close of public comment, we will take a poll so the community can let us know which of the search firms they prefer. The Board will then recess to closed session. At that time, we will take no further actions regarding the superintendent search.”

With the announced retirement of Leslie Lockhart, the board will be looking to hire the fourth superintendent in a decade. While it’s not that unusual – the average tenure of a superintendent in California is between five and six years –  coping with COVID has made the last year an almost superhuman challenge to the personnel at the district. The board has also accepted the the resignations of two other top administrators at the district. Both Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Jennifer Slabbinck and Dr. Lisa Michel, Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning have given notice. 

The search for a new superintendent will take the next step at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, where the Board will vote to contract with a search firm during open session.

“As always, the community can continue to expect transparency and communication throughout this process, offered McKeithan, “and with your help, we will succeed in our goal of finding the best possible leader for our District.” 

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