Search firm president commends LA Unified on choice of King
While superintendent searches for large school districts typically end with outsiders getting the job, the president of the firm working with LA Unified said the insider chosen, Michelle King, a district veteran of 30 years, was a commendable match. “We spent more time than usual to come up with a profile of the characteristics that the...
By Mike Szymanski | January 22, 2016
School board plans to hammer out more superintendent criteria
The LA Unified school board is holding a special meeting tomorrow to fine-tune the one-page list of “Desired Characteristics” for the superintendent that they hope to hire by the end of the year. The open session section is planned for 9 a.m. and will have representatives of the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates reviewing...
By Mike Szymanski | November 30, 2015
Zimmer in costume — a last ditch effort to get input on superintendent
LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer has announced he will be wearing a Halloween costume tomorrow when he visits schools. Oh, it’s not to join festivities planned for many of the LA Unified schools. Rather, he wants to give one last-ditch effort to push people to provide input into the superintendent search by filling out a...
By Mike Szymanski | October 29, 2015
A slow start for LAUSD’s first public meeting on next superintendent
In a room set to accommodate 300, fewer than 50 signed in at the Roybal Learning Center auditorium last night to give their input into what they want to see in LA Unified’s next superintendent. “We are just beginning,” said Hank Gmitro, president of the firm conducting the search, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates. “We provide...
By Mike Szymanski | October 20, 2015
Community meetings for LAUSD superintendent search begin today
It all begins tonight, the chance for people around the city to weigh in what they want in the next LA Unified superintendent. The first of a series of meetings around the districts is scheduled for 6 pm at the Roybal Learning Center Auditorium, 1200 Colton St. More meetings are scheduled over the next two weeks in...
By Mike Szymanski | October 19, 2015
Search for new LAUSD leader well underway, open meetings planned
The search team hired to find a new LA Unified superintendent is already receiving applications and is putting together a list of potential candidates, while arranging to canvass school board members and the community for what they want in the new district boss. Hank Gmitro, president of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates based in Rosemont,...
By Mike Szymanski | October 1, 2015
LA Unified board nitpicks survey for superintendent search
Even before the superintendent search team passes out the first public survey, members of the LA Unified school board yesterday raised questions over questions that they want the community to consider in finding a successor to Ramon Cortines. The board held most of the discussion in a closed meeting last night with the search team...
By Mike Szymanski | September 16, 2015