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Superintendent Search

Update: At its May 10, 2017 meeting, the San Diego County Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Paul Gothold as San Diego County Superintendent of Schools.

The San Diego County Board of Education seeks a superintendent who will lead the organization to transform public education and guarantee high levels of student achievement through significant engagement of all stakeholders in the county.

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, 124 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.

Opportunities for Involvement

The public was invited to provide input in a number of ways into what characteristics the board should seek in a San Diego County superintendent of schools:

Focus groups

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.

Feb. 1 Open Forum

SDCOE employees, parents of children in SDCOE's Momentum Learning and special education schools, and the general public were invited to an open forum on Feb. 1.

Childcare and Spanish-language interpretation were available. American Sign Language interpretation was also available upon request.

Online Survey

 An online survey to gather input was available for a two-week period in February. The survey was available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Arabic. 

Leadership Profile

More than 600 people participated in interviews/focus groups, or provided comments via online survey, to provide input to assist the San Diego County Board of Education in determining the primary characteristics desired in the new superintendent. The interviews and focus groups also collected information regarding the strengths of SDCOE and some of the challenges the organization will face in coming years.

The input was synthesized into a leadership profile that outlines the professional experience expected of the new county superintendent of schools.  

To Apply

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

To apply for the superintendency, visit The application deadline is March 17.