Search for school superintendent draws little interest
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Not a single resident attended an evening community meeting Wednesday, April 10, to gather information about what qualities residents want in the next Lammersville Unified School District superintendent.

Phil Quon, of recruiting firm Leadership Associates, said inside the empty district boardroom at 111 S. De Anza Blvd. that his firm had hoped to get input from community stakeholders.

He said the firm also wanted to know what residents considered to be the strengths of the district and the challenges it will face during the next five to 10 years.

The need for a new superintendent arose after Superintendent Dale Hansen announced his plans to retire June 30 during a closed executive session at the March 6 school board meeting.

Although the board room was empty Wednesday, Quon said residents still have a chance to fill out an online survey, which can be reached via a link on the LUSD website, www.lammersvilleschooldistrict.net.

The five-part survey asks residents to rank the importance of a candidate’s experience and personal and professional characteristics and the qualities they felt LUSD possessed.

The survey will be available until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, Quon said.

Once all the data is collected, Quon said the information and candidate applications will be reviewed before the April 29 submission deadline.

A shortlist of candidates will be given to the school board May 20.

Interviews of the top candidates are scheduled for June 7 and 8.

Quon said he managed to speak with one resident during a separate 1:15 p.m. community meeting Wednesday, as well as representatives of various school district groups throughout the day. He said the groups included members of the Lammersville Teachers Association and staff of the district administration office.

He said most people wanted the board to hire someone with “experience to head a unified school district in growth mode.”

“We’re excited,” Quon said. “We’ll find somebody. There’s somebody out there. This is a great place.”

Noel Balzarini, executive assistant to the superintendent, said that about 20 residents provided input at a similar community meeting during the search five years ago that brought Hansen to Lammersville.

“I know people have busy lives,” she said. “They can still go to the survey.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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