Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hiring of MPUSD new superintendent won't happen until at least May 13

* Note: I've updated the blog to reflect some changes regarding who exactly traveled to Southern California to do a site visit and to clarify what trustees actions could be in each meeting. 

If you read my story in today's newspaper, you know already the much anticipated hiring of a new superintendent for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District did not take place during last night regular board meeting. In case you missed it, here it is.

The reason for pulling the approval off the agenda? Trustees wanted more time to discuss what they'd learned in a recent trip to Southern California, home of the candidate, Board President Jon Hill told me on Wednesday.

There were too many items on the closed session agenda, Hill said, and board members wanted more time to discuss their findings and the proposed contract. From the Board of Trustees, only Hill, Tim Chaney and Bettye Lusk went to Southern California. They were accompanied by three community members, including Allyson Schweifler from the Monterey Bay Teachers Association.

Trustees have scheduled a special meeting on May 1 to discuss said findings and the contract. They will not be able to approve said contract until their next regularly scheduled meeting, which happens May 13. But I'm told by Board President Jon Hill they could decide on May 1 whether to offer a contract and perhaps even announce who the candidate is.

Stay tuned.

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