TUSD superintendent search begins
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 30, 2014 | 3253 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy Unified School District trustees will vote on a new superintendent April 7, according to a timeline created by Education Leadership Services Executive Director Wendell Chun.

Chun told the trustees Tuesday during their regular meeting that his firm, hired Jan. 21, would have completed its search by that time.

Superintendent Dr. James Franco is retiring and will step down at the end of June.

Chun said his firm would meet with each board member, several district employees and representatives of the community who want to be part of the superintendent search. During those meetings, scheduled for Feb. 13 and 14, ELS representatives will ask about the ideal personal characteristics, professional skills, abilities and qualifications of a superintendent.

He said he also wanted to learn what the trustees considered their proudest accomplishments and what they thought were the key issues facing the district in the present and future.

Chun said he should be able by Feb. 25 to provide trustees with a profile they can use to advertise the position.

“We will try to get the best candidates we can,” he said.

The plan is to narrow the field of applicants to six to eight candidates for the board to interview, he said.

A list of the best candidates will be presented March 19 during a closed session of the board, and trustees will decide who they want to meet, Chun said. The list will also name everyone who applied for the job.

Chun said he would compile a list of candidates who were “confident, qualified and able to do the job.”

Interviews of the finalists are expected to take place March 21 and 22.

The board voted unanimously to approve the search criteria Chun provided.

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

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