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Signs point to new LAUSD superintendent by early next week

Mike Szymanski | January 7, 2016

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superintendent searchHere’s another bit of evidence to suggest that LA Unified will have a new superintendent by next week.

The agenda for a board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12 includes this: “Recommends approval of an employment agreement for the Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent of Schools.”

That would presume that the members will have coalesced around one candidate by the time that vote is taken. Another closed session of the board is scheduled for 4 p.m. the day before, and it is widely believed that a new superintendent will be presented at its conclusion.

Selecting a new superintendent is an action separate from approving a new contract. By state law, a vote to approve the contract must be done in public; the actual vote on the candidate, while conducted in private, will also be made public, although perhaps not right away.

If this scenario plays out, it would bring to an end a long series of meetings that started on Dec. 6 when the seven members of the board began narrowing a list of candidates to replace the recently-retired Ramon Cortines.

After the latest closed session, a five-hour meeting on Tuesday, board President Steve Zimmer said the board was “on track to having an appointment made in January.”

Monday is January 11. The only question now is: who will it be?

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