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Superintendent Search

The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School Board is in the process of conducting an Executive Search for the SLV District's next Superintendent. Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, was selected to advise the Board in this important process.
Please check this webpage for ongoing updates and important announcements regarding this process.
Mr. Phil Quon and Mr. Fred Van Leuven, Consultants of Leadership Associates, held both the Community Input and the Community Open Forum Sessions. All of these sessions were conducted via zoom.
Community Input Sessions were held on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14, 2021 beginning at 8:00am and ending at 4:10pm.
Specific stakeholder groups were identified by the Board of Trustees at the Special Board Meeting of Wednesday, March 24, 2021. These identified groups were invited to the scheduled Community Input Sessions via an email invitation.
Two Community Open Forums were also held for anyone that would like to attend that was not included in an identified stakeholder group. The Community Open Forum sessions were held on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14 from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. These were open to parents, staff, and other community members. 
The purpose of these sessions was to receive input concerning the desired qualities and characteristics of the next Superintendent. This input will be a valuable contribution to the recruitment and selection process.
The following questions were asked during these sessions:
  1. What personal and professional qualities are desired for the next Superintendent of the San Lorenzo Valley USD?
  2. What are the strengths and the challenges of the District?
The SLVUSD Board of Trustees is asking for your help in selecting our next Superintendent. To ensure that this is a collaborative and inclusive process, the Board is providing an anonymous online survey and encourages your participation.
This online survey will ask you to respond to several critical questions. The information generated from this anonymous survey will be used to develop a profile which indicates desired qualities and characteristics in the next SLV Superintendent. It will also guide the recruitment and reference checking process, as well as development of questions for the interview. This survey also seeks your perspectives on District strengths, challenges, and the SLV community. The Leadership Associates consultants will compile a report summarizing survey results and share them with the Board.
The online survey will be open from Monday, March 29th through Thursday, April 15th. The survey link is provided below.
PLEASE NOTE:  If you would prefer to complete a hard copy survey, copies will be available in each school office and the SLV District Office on Monday, March 29th.
April - May:  Consultants identify potential candidates; development and posting of recruitment materials and position description.
April 19 and 26:  Advertising and active recruitment; ad appears in EdCal, (two consecutive publications)
May 3 @ 5:00pm:  Deadline for Applications
May:  Consultants  complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants
May 17 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm:  Special Board Meeting (Closed Session) - Board meets with Consultants to review the applications and to select the finalists to be interviewed.
May 26 - 8:00am - 5:00pm:  Superintendent interviews take place with the Board.
Week of May 31:  Board completed the validation process and makes a final determination on selected candidate.
June 9 or 16:  Board approves the Superintendent contract at a regularly scheduled Board meeting.
July 1:  New Superintendent begins
The Superintendent Search Timeline is posted below for reference:
How does the search process work?
The Board is working with Leadership Associates to conduct a rigorous, nationwide search. The Board will seek, receive and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates and select the new Superintendent.
When will the new Superintendent be hired?
The Board will approve and publish a timeline which will reflect these details. Please check back if the timeline is not yet posted. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.
How and when do parents and other stakeholders weigh in?
The Board will be soliciting input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next Superintendent via an online survey and stakeholder conference sessions.
When will the District share the collected input with the public?
The information gathered will be presented to the Board and then compiled, summarized, and incorporated into the Superintendent Position Profile / Description, which will be published here following the Board review.
Who will make the final selection?
By law, the Board is solely responsible for hiring the new Superintendent. The Board will seek, receive, and consider input from the community, review applications, interview candidates, and select the new Superintendent.
How can the public follow this process?
Updates regarding the Superintendent search process will be posted here. The Board will also provide updates at its regularly scheduled Board meetings and future press releases.
Can we find out who is applying?
All application materials, including the names of applicants and any other personally identifiable information, are confidential under law.