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Timeline

Feb. 2, 2021: The board of education adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process.


Feb. 23, 2021: The board approved the initial representatives to the Advisory Committee.

March 9, 2021: The board approved additional representatives to the Advisory Committee.

March 18, 2021: The district opened the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) solicitation from interested organizations to conduct community engagement and Town Halls.

March 23, 2021: The Strategic Sourcing and Contracts Officer presented information to the board and public on the district’s RFP and contracting process.

April 29, 2021, 1:00 pm: Request for Proposals closed.

May 5 - 12, 2021: The Advisory Committee was invited to participate in interviews of the responsive bidders.

May 13, 2021: Cindy Marten appointed as US Deputy Superintendent of Education.

May 19, 2021: First meeting of the Advisory Committee.

June 2, 16, and 23, 2021: Meetings of the Advisory Committee.

July - September 2021: 34 Community Input Sessions were held to identify the qualities needed in the next permanent Superintendent to lead the district. An opportunity was also offered for stakeholders to provide feedback on three survey questions.

July 21, 2021: Meeting of the Advisory Committee.

August 11, and 26, 2021: Meetings of the Advisory Committee.

September 8, 2021: Meeting of the Advisory Committee.

September 30, 2021: Meeting of the Advisory Committee. NCEE provided its draft report to the Committee.

October 6, 2021: The Advisory Committee will propose a Job Posting based on information gathered during the Community Input Sessions.

October 12, 2021: The Job Posting will be presented to the Board of Education for approval.

October - November 2021: The position of superintendent will be posted for applications by qualified candidates.

November 2021: The Advisory Committee will screen the candidate application packages and will recommend up to ten (10) candidates to be interviewed by the Board.

December 2021: The Board will select up to three (3) final candidates. Community forums will be held for the public to meet the finalists and provide feedback. The Board will appoint a permanent Superintendent.

Overview

Former Superintendent Cindy Marten was appointed on May 13, 2021 as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Lamont Jackson has been appointed as Interim Superintendent through Dec. 31, 2021. The district is conducting a search process for a permanent Superintendent.

Selection Process

On Feb 2, 2021, the Board of Education adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process that included a plan for stakeholder engagement, allowing for multiple town halls, community meetings and other opportunities for the public to actively participate in the selection process. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) was contracted to do this work.

Stakeholder & Community Input

The district offered 34 community input opportunities to the public; between July through September 2021.

Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee, reflecting the diversity of our students and the San Diego Community, is guiding the process.