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VOTE SET FOR NEW SAN BERNARDINO SCHOOLS CHIEF

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By Chris Levister 

Nearly a year after longtime superintendent Arturo Delgado left to become superintendent of Los Angeles County schools, San Bernardino it appears is ready to choose his successor.

Danny Tillman, president of the San Bernardino City Unified School District confirms the board has completed its interview process for candidates and is poised to vote to accept one of the three finalists at its next meeting Tuesday, June 5.

“We’re excited. It’s been a long and difficult process but I think we have a great selection of candidates.”

Tillman said the board will discuss the candidates in closed session, before making an announcement and voting in public.

Board members would not release the names of the finalists citing pre announcement privacy. However, several board members openly expressed confidence in selecting a well qualified administrator who can run the state’s eighth-largest school district.

The Cosca Group, a California consulting team met with several candidates after collecting data from a focus group of teachers, parents and community groups.

In July 2011 the district hired Leadership Associates to search for Delgado’s replacement. In October board members interviewed the top four candidates and rejected all four.

“Nearly a year ago we were charged with the task of finding a new leader who will help to craft a new mission, values and vision for our district,” said Tillman.

“We gathered input from our staff, parents, administrators, and students, and sought to develop a compelling vision to answer the question “What people are looking for in a superintendent?”

Tillman said, with the Cosca Group’s help over the course of a few months, the board prioritized teamwork and critical thinking. “The result is we are a smoother working board and we have three very qualified candidates.”

“I am very excited about the direction of our board and our district. We are working hard to ensure our students have the kind of strong visionary leadership that reflects our core values: to engage, challenge and inspire,” he said.

“This is a turbulent yet exciting time for education, and our ability to adapt and change is more important than ever.”

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