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Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:55

By Amy Sylvestri

San Leandro Times

The San Leandro school board is the process of hiring a new superintendent after Cindy Cathey announced her upcoming retirement last month.

Next week, the board will work out a timeline for selecting a new head of the school district by July 1.

Cathey plans to leave at he end of the school year after 17 years with the district and three as superintendent. The school board has already held two meetings to discuss finding her replacement.

The board heard from three recruitment firms last week – the Cosca Group, Dave Long and Associates, and Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA). Each group spoke to the board for about 20 minutes, detailing how they go about finding superintendent candidates.

All of the recruiters were former superintendents themselves.

The board unanimously selected HYA and will be paying them between $20,000 and $24,000 to find Cathey’s successor.

HYA say they have an approach that is part high tech and part personal – they find a pool of applicants after surveying parents, teachers, and other stake-holders about what they value in a superintendent and then run those applicants through the survey parameters looking for a match.

Once a small pool of candidates is found, they suggest that the school board take them out to dinner or coffee in order to get a feel for their personalities.

The board said that they liked HYA’s method of getting a lot of community input on various candidates before making their recommendations. “HYA has a way of surveying that we found appealing,” said school board president Diana Prola.



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