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June 11, 2013 > Board to establish search process for new superintendent

Board to establish search process for new superintendent

Submitted By New Haven School Unified School District

The New Haven Unified School District's Board of Education will immediately begin searching for a new superintendent, Board President Linda Canlas said June 5, after Superintendent Kari McVeigh announced she will take an early retirement.

"I'd like to assure the New Haven community - particularly our students, their parents and our employees - that we will establish and implement a thorough process and move quickly but carefully to find the right person for the very important job of leading our district," Ms. Canlas said.

"While the Board hasn't had a chance to discuss this, I'm certain we will want a process that includes input from the community and our employees, and that it will be a fair and equitable process. Superintendent McVeigh's plan to continue working until Nov. 30 gives us nearly six full months, which should be quite sufficient," Ms. Canlas continued.

"In the meantime, our teachers will continue to teach, our classified employees and administrators will continue to support that work, and, most important, our children will continue to learn."

Although only one Board member, Jonas Dino, remains from the Board that was serving when the District last conducted a search for a superintendent, in 2008, current Board members Sarabjit Cheema, Michelle Matthews and Michael Ritchie all served as part of the Superintendent Search Advisory Council that interviewed candidates and recommended finalists for the position. It was the second time Ms. Matthews had been part of such a committee.

The Board's next meeting is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.

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