Searching for New Supe

The Board of Education of the Alameda Unified School District has developed a plan to select a new superintendent. The Board hired Eric Andrew and Juan Garza of Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, to advise during the process.

Last month, board members met with the consultants to determine the characteristics, skills and qualities the district desires in a new superintendent. An online survey was posted on the district’s website on March 21. On March 27, the consultants met with staff and Board-selected community members to receive their input. Open forums were held at Island High School and Otis Elementary School to discuss the candidate search with local stakeholders.

Through late March and the first two weeks of April, having completed the job’s description, the district actively began advertising for, recruiting and identifying candidates for the position.

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m. By the end of the month, the consultants are expected to complete background and reference checks on the applicants and on Wednesday, May 8, meet with the board to review applications and select finalists. 

On May 23 and 24, the finalist will be interviewed, and at a date to be determined, the Board will select the final candidate. The Board is expected to approve the new superintendent at its regular Tuesday, June 11, meeting. On a mutally agreed upon date around Aug. 1, the new superintendent will begin work. 

The online survey for community input has been extended through Saturday, April 20. To weigh in on what it takes to be an Alameda schools superintendent, take the survey at www.alameda.k12.ca.us/superintendentsurvey.

If unable to take the survey, send written responses to bbanning@leadershipassociates.org.