Ensure SDUHSD superintendent search follows proper process, timeline, and qualifications

Ensure SDUHSD superintendent search follows proper process, timeline, and qualifications

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Concerned SDUHSD Parents started this petition to SDUHSD Board of Trustees

Given the very short timeline to locate and vet candidates and to obtain meaningful community feedback, we the stakeholders of the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) - parents, students, SDUHSD employees, and community members - want to provide clear community feedback to the SDUHSD Board and its search firm:

1. Please ensure that the SDUHSD Board only hires a superintendent who has meaningful PUBLIC EDUCATION experience as an administrator, preferably from California, so that this person can hit the ground running with knowledge and experience about California guidance and legal compliance, public education, and superior school district governance. 

2. SDUHSD Board must only hire a new superintendent who meets the requirements of CA Education Code section 35028 that says that a district superintendent must have valid school administration certificate and a valid teacher's certificate and not try to waive this minimum statutory requirement.  Given the complexities of keeping our schools open during a pandemic, we cannot afford to hire someone without proper certification, training  and significant public education experience.

3. We need more time.  San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) has set a hasty timeline to hire a permanent Superintendent and announce the new hire by October 14, 2021, meaning that in just four (4) weeks the SDUHSD Board intends to: obtain stakeholder feedback regarding candidate characteristics and qualifications; advertise the position, review resumes, obtain meaningful community input, interview candidates, conduct background checks, and negotiate an employment agreement with a new superintendent.   Parents, students, administrators, district staff, classified and certificated representatives have valuable insight. Neighboring San Diego Unified has an 11 month timeline to hire their superintendent.  Why the rush and this critical decision? Four (4) weeks is far too short to competently screen and evaluate candidates and obtain any real feedback from the SDUHSD community. Don’t make a quick and reckless hire.  The SDUHSD Board needs to significantly increase the hiring timeline to follow best practices, including a responsible, considered selection process, allow time for valuable SDUHSD community input, and promote a thoughtful, successful hire. 

4. This superintendent hiring decision is too critical to be made with only a partial school board.  The SDUHSD board must wait until after the new board member elected on November 2, 2021 can participate so that the new superintendent has the backing of all SDUHSD Trustees and all constituents are represented.  There is no legitimate reason to make this decision 2 weeks before a full board is elected or to pick a candidate that then may not have full trustee support.

Please only sign this petition if you live within the boundaries of SDUHSD, have a child that attends an SDUHSD school, you are employed by SDUHSD, or you otherwise have a connection to the district.  

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