Dear Parents and Education Advocates,
The Parents for Quality Education requested the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board of Education to conduct an open search for the SDUSD Superintendent replacement with community involvement.
Given the unprecedented circumstances, significant challenges, and the need to rebuild trust through transparent engagement with parent groups and the community, SDUSD Superintendent’s selection demands a new strategy and collaborative approach that includes community involvement in selecting a new Superintendent. It is critical to include the following essential criteria in selecting a replacement Superintendent:
- Public Outreach: Enlistment of an independent, outside professional firm specializing in public outreach to conduct input from the community (parent, educator, business, community groups) to outline broad and specific needs that address the academic, financial, and community-engagement needs of the community that have diminished student achievement and safety. Feedback is to be presented in a public forum to the SDUSD Board.
- Search Firm: Hire a reputable, outside professional search firm that will identify applicants’ criteria and qualifications and conduct a comprehensive local and national confidential candidate search that identifies viable candidates for final selection.
- Search Timeline: SDUSD to present a timeline for the search process from the search’s commencement to the new Superintendent’s proposed installation.
CALL TO ACTION: The Parents for Quality Education and the San Diego Education Community Coalition call for the business community, civic groups, elected officials, parents, and the community as a whole in SDUSD to join us in this effort.
Tom Keliinoi – TK
Parents for Quality Education