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Superintendent Recruitment And Selection   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes that it has a direct responsibility to select and employ the Superintendent. Whenever it becomes necessary for the Board to fill a vacancy in the position of Superintendent, the Board shall work diligently to employ a person whose management and leadership abilities are most closely aligned with district needs.

(cf. 2000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 2110 - Superintendent Responsibilities and Duties)

(cf. 2111 - Superintendent Governance Standards)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Board shall establish and implement a search and selection process that includes consideration of:

1. The district's current and long-term needs, including a review of the district's vision and goals

(cf. 0000 - Vision

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

2. The desired characteristics of a new Superintendent, including professional experience, educational qualifications, leadership characteristics, philosophy of education, and other management, technical, interpersonal and conceptual skills, as well as the priorities the Board wants to place on different abilities, traits and levels of knowledge

3. The scope of the search, including whether to promote from within the district or broaden the search to include both internal and external candidates and, if external candidates will be considered, whether to conduct a statewide or nationwide search

4. The salary range and benefits to be offered

5. Basic elements to be included in the Superintendent's contract

6. Whether to hire a professional adviser to facilitate the process

7. How and when to involve the community in certain phases of the selection process

(cf. 1000 - Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

8. The best methods for advertising the vacancy and recruiting qualified candidates

9. The process for screening applications and determining how the screener(s) will be selected

10. Interview questions, processes and participants

11. How and when candidates' qualifications will be verified through reference checks

(cf. 4112.5/4212.5/4312.5 - Criminal Record Check)

12. Other actions necessary to ensure a fair selection process and a smooth transition to new leadership

Even if a professional adviser is used to facilitate the process, the Board shall retain the right and responsibility to oversee the process and to review all applications if desired.

The Board shall select candidates to be interviewed based on recommendations of the screener(s) and the Board's own assessment of how candidates meet the criteria established by the Board.

The Board shall interview preliminary and final candidates in closed session and determine the most likely match for the district. (Government Code 54957)

The selected candidate shall hold both a valid school administration certificate and a valid teacher's certificate. The Board may waive any credential requirement, but shall not employ a person whose credential has been revoked by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing pursuant to Education Code 44421-44427. (Education Code 35028, 35029, 35029.1)

Before offering the position to the selected candidate or making any announcements, Board members may visit that candidate's current district, as appropriate, to obtain verification of his/her qualifications.

The Board shall deliberate in closed session to affirm the selection of the candidate and shall report the selection in open session. (Government Code 54957)

(cf. 2121 - Superintendent's Contract)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

The Board shall conduct these proceedings in accordance with legal and ethical obligations regarding confidentiality and equal opportunity.

(cf. 4030 - Nondiscrimination in Employment)

(cf. 4032 - Reasonable Accommodation)

(cf. 4111.2/4211.2/4311.2 - Legal Status Requirement)

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

As necessary, the Board may appoint an interim superintendent to manage the district during the selection process.

Legal Reference:


220 Prohibition of discrimination

35026 Employment of superintendent by board

35028 Certification

35029-35029.1 Waiver of credential requirement

35031 Term of employment

44420-44440 Revocation and suspension of certification documents


11135 Unlawful discrimination

12900-12996 California Fair Employment and Housing Act

53260-53264 Employment contracts

54954 Time and place of regular meetings

54957 Closed session personnel matters

54957.1 Closed session, public report of action taken


11019 Terms, conditions and privileges of employment


794 Section 504 of the Vocational Education Rehabilitation Act of 1973


2000d-2000d-7 Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964

2000e-2000e-17 Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended

2000h-2000h-6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments

12101-12213 Americans with Disabilities Act


35.101-35.190 Americans with Disabilities Act


100.6 Compliance information

106.9 Dissemination of nondiscrimination policy


adopted: July 1992 Santa Barbara, California

revised: May 13, 2019