At a meeting tonight, the San Diego County Board of Education selected Edward Velasquez to serve as interim San Diego County superintendent of schools while Dr. Randy Ward is on paid administrative leave. The selection is contingent upon mutual agreement between the board and Velasquez, and subject to approval at the next regularly scheduled board meeting, which is Aug. 10.
Velasquez has served as interim superintendent in three San Diego County school districts: Alpine Union (March to June 2016), San Ysidro (February to June 2015), and Poway Unified (Aug. 1, 2016 to present). He has more than 38 years of experience in administration and education, as well as a background in law enforcement and working with at-risk youth. Velasquez holds a master's in education from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
"Mr. Velasquez has experience with the kind of students we educate here at the County Office of Education and a great personal background," said Board President Dr. Gregg Robinson, who also cited his experience "having worked with two school boards that have gone through a similar interim process."
Velasquez was unanimously selected from a group of 12 applicants that was whittled to five finalists: Deborah Beldock, Leslie Fausett, Larry Perondi, and Dr. John Roach. Four of the finalists were interviewed; Fausett withdrew from consideration before the interviews.
Velasquez's start date and compensation are still to be determined.