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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

School Board Narrowing Its Choices for Superintendent

• Candidates Described as ‘Strong Pool’

BY JULIE FULMER WALLACH

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board members chose final candidates for the district superintendent position last weekend, and will interview them in closed session this coming weekend.
The current SMMUSD superintendent, Tim Cuneo, will retire on June 30, after serving almost three years in that position. Cuneo replaced Dianne Talarico and was among those proposed for the post by Leadership Associates, the firm that the board selected for the current search.
According to school board president Jose Escarce, the board is “pleased with the entire group of applicants.” He said, “This is a strong pool, and we are extremely excited.”
A tentative timeline had been set for the candidate who is selected to be offered a contract during the week of April 4.
If this occurs, according to Escarce, “a public announcement may not be made until after the board...negotiates a contract. [The board] also wants to be respectful of [arrangements] regarding the candidate’s current job.”
The new superintendent will begin work on July 1.

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