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Wednesday, Apr 02 2014 06:00 AM

School superintendent searchunderway; public comment sought at April 8 meeting

The search for a new leader for the Tehachapi Unified School District continues with members of the district Board of Trustees planning a special meeting to go over results of a community survey recently conducted.

Superintendent of Schools Lisa Gilbert told the board earlier this year that she will leave to take a position with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office in July.

At a meeting of the board on March 25, Board President Mary Graham gave an update on the search process.

"On April 17, we are starting with our paper screening," she said. "We will be going through all the applications, and we should have the results back from the surveys, which will be put into a report. The interviewing will begin Saturday, April 26."

Graham stated she is awaiting an email regarding the number of applicants the board can expect.

Board member Jackie Wood asked Graham who would be coming up with the questions which will posed to the applicants.

"Personally, I would like to see us take a look at the surveys before we come up with the questions to ask applicants," replied Graham.

"I feel like the input from everybody who works for us is important in our decision making process," said Board Member Patty Snyder.

Graham then proposed to call a special board meeting for the sole purpose of getting input from other local districts, such as Tehachapi Recreation and Parks District, concerning the survey results.

Since the March 25 meeting, the board did decide to have session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, in the board room at the district office, 300 S. Robinson St.

At the meeting the community will be invited to share their opinions for the board's consideration as it goes through the process of selecting the next superintendent.

There will be a discussion regarding the superintendent search and an opportunity to address the board regarding this topic, immediately followed by the regular school board meeting.

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