CUSD board calls special meeting to discuss new superintendent

A special meeting of the CUSD school board to discuss the new superintendent will be held Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. A public comment period is available.

Item “V. Closed Session” of the agenda released Tuesday morning states that the board will discuss:

“Public Employee Appointment, Public Employee Employment, California Government Code 54954.4(e) pursuant to California Government Code 54957 Position: Superintendent.”

The board will broadly discuss the appointment of the new superintendent, according to Liz Jefferson, CUSD administrative assistant to the superintendent.

“[The board] will review applications and look into setting interviews. We did not want to restrict discussion by adding a specific descriptor in the agenda,” she said. “Without the descriptor, the board can have a good scope of discussion.”

The agenda also notes that “no formal action will be taken at this meeting.”

The board approved the superintendent recruitment prospectus created by consulting search firm Dave Long & Associates at the March 1 board meeting, after the firm collected public input at 2 forums, and through interviews and questionnaires.

The closing date for the superintendent application period was April 16, with the new superintendent starting date planned for July 1.

Interim Superintendent Gloria Johnston’s last day with CUSD is scheduled for June 30.

The special meeting will take place at the Kirkendall Education Center Board Room, 170 W. San Jose Ave. The next regular meeting of the school board is set for Thursday, May 3.

— Kathryn Dunn


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