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 What Do You Want in a County Superintendent of Schools?

The San Diego County Board of Education is launching a nationwide search for a new superintendent who will lead the County Office of Education and support efforts to serve local school districts and educate the region's most vulnerable children. The board is gathering input from the community on what qualities are important for this individual to possess.

Earlier this month, individual stakeholders and representatives of key groups (school district leadership, SDCOE employee association, community partners, etc.) were invited to participate in one-on-one interviews and small focus groups. An open forum was also held on Feb. 1 for members of the public to provide input.

An online survey in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic is open through Feb. 17 to gather additional feedback. Click here to take the survey.

The San Diego County Office of Education serves as an exemplary regional resource to students, parents, districts, agencies, and businesses by working with 42 school districts enrolling over 500,000 students, more than 125 charter schools, and five community college districts in the county. SDCOE serves the county's most vulnerable students and educates nearly 10,000 children through the Momentum Learning portfolio of schools (formerly known as Juvenile Court and Community Schools). The County Office has enjoyed many recent accomplishments in student achievement, and this superintendency represents one of the most extraordinary opportunities for educational leadership in the county and the state.

The search is being conducted by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates consultants Darline P. Robles, Maria G. Ott, and Rudy Castruita.

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