|For immediate release
November 7, 2011
Larry Slonaker, SCCOE |
Phone: (408) 453-6662
Public Comment Sought for
County Schools Chief Search
SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Board of Education has set a timeline for the selection of the new county superintendent of schools, with an anticipated announcement of the chosen candidate by early April.
Ray and Associates, an Iowa firm that specializes in school executive leadership searches, has been contracted by the board to assist in the search. The firm will hold two sessions in mid-November at the Santa Clara County Office of Education to outline the process and take community feedback on desired qualities in the new superintendent.
The search follows the announcement in August by Superintendent Charles Weis, Ph.D., of his intention to retire at the end of his contract on June 30, 2012.
The county board "recognizes that selecting a new county superintendent is one of its most important functions," said Board President Joseph Di Salvo. "In addition, the board believes the quality of public education for each and every child residing in Santa Clara County is the number one issue of our time. Therefore, the board is interested in gaining input from various stakeholder groups before selecting the next superintendent."
Both forums will be facilitated by Ray and Associates. At the first, on Nov. 16, community stakeholders have been invited to schedule individual sessions to hear an overview of the search process and provide information for the board's consideration. The second forum, on Nov. 17, will feature two sessions open to the public, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., in the SCCOE Board Room.
Interested parties also are invited to complete a confidential on-line survey regarding desired characteristics of the new superintendent. The survey can be found at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PC9N563. The survey should be completed by end of the day on Nov. 17.
The county superintendent of schools oversees the SCCOE, provides leadership to the educational community, serves as chief administrative officer and ex-officio secretary of the county board of education, and ensures compliance with all the relevant education laws, policies and regulations.
The SCCOE provides instructional, administrative, human resources, business and technical support services to the county's 31 school districts. To learn more, visit www.sccoe.org.
Date last updated: November 7, 2011