Peoria Unified halts search for district superintendent

By: 
CAROLYN DRYER, Glendale Star Editor

For now, the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board is putting a halt to its search for a new superintendent. At its Nov. 8 regular meeting, the vote was unanimous to retain Linda Palles-Thompson as the interim superintendent, citing a need to maintain the stability she has brought since the ouster of the former superintendent last year.
The decision by the Governing Board came after Chief Personnel Officer Carter Davidson gave a history of the search process, beginning in February when McPherson & Jacobson was selected as the consultant group to lead the district’s superintendent search. McPherson & Jacobson collaborated with the district administration to outline a search process and define a search timeline to begin in November.
The posting for superintendent candidate applications would begin this month and close in December. The interview process would start in January and by March 2019, the Governing Board would approve the final candidate and the effective date of employment would begin in July.
“The strategic plan guides us,” Davidson said, then added, “Where do we go from here?”
Davidson said the Governing Board had two options: postpone the search or follow the timeline as discussed.
Governing Board President Monica Ceja-Martinez moved to postpone the search, with Governing Board Member Beverly Pingerelli seconding.
Governing Board Member David Sandoval said, “Our mission is critical. … With the bond not passing, we have to shift priorities. I would hate for any one of those subjects to fall through the cracks. Postponing it puts us in a position to be successful.”

 

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