Education

LAUSD board gets first names of superintendent candidates

Los Angeles Unified's newly elected school board president, Steve Zimmer, speaks during a board meeting on July 1, 2015 at LAUSD headquarters.
Los Angeles Unified's newly elected school board president, Steve Zimmer, speaks during a board meeting on July 1, 2015 at LAUSD headquarters.
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On Tuesday L.A. Unified’s school board got a first look at a list of people who want to be the school district’s next superintendent.

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, the firm hired by the school board to search for superintendent candidates, gave the board a binder full of names.

The names are confidential, but a source involved in the search process tells KPCC the school board will begin “three to four days” of first round interviews with top candidates starting this Sunday.

The school board had agreed to a list of nearly two dozen desired characteristics that the search firm would use to find candidates. The traits include having been a teacher and principal in an urban environment, and possessing a drive to address the struggles and challenges facing students of color and in poverty.

The source said the candidates given to the board meet the criteria.

In the first round, school board members will ask scripted questions from a list they agreed to last month. (As with the names of candidates, the questions are confidential.)

The second round of interviews will be less structured, involving discussion and dialogue between board members and the candidate on a wide range of topics. This could happen over dinner.

The pace of the search is speeding up. The school board has promised to find a replacement for Superintendent Ramon Cortines this month. Cortines has said he wants to retire in January.