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LA Unified search goes into next week, but end is close

Mike Szymanski | January 5, 2016

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ZimmerAfter meeting five hours today to discuss candidates for the next LAUSD superintendent, the school board adjourned until next Monday with no decision made.

The school board members began a closed session at 9 a.m. and returned at 2:15 p.m. to say they will resume the search discussions on Monday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m., with the board’s regular monthly meeting scheduled for the next day.

School board president Steve Zimmer said after the adjournment that the delay has nothing to do with the announcement by San Francisco school Superintendent Richard Carranza that he is not seeking the job. Zimmer said he could not confirm nor deny that Carranza was in consideration and said the process is confidential.

“I respect the work that Mr. Carranza has done in his district, and he is certainly a great superintendent, and he wrote the letter that he thought was appropriate for his board,” Zimmer said.

Meanwhile, Zimmer said the board is on track to getting an appointment for LAUSD by the end of the month. He said he believes the board is taking the “appropriate amount of time” and that they have “diverse candidates.”

“It is truly one of the great honors and privileges to get to the right decision; it is very hard work,” Zimmer said. “There is not one moment in which the weight of this decision and those who are affected by it, have not been present in all of us in the room.”

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