Myong Leigh has taken over for Richard Carranza as the head of the San Francisco Unified School District. (Courtesy photo)

Search for new SFUSD superintendent could take rest of school year

The San Francisco Unified School District could be without a permanent superintendent for the rest of the school year, according to Board of Education President Matt Haney.

The search for a new superintendent to replace Richard Carranza — who left the district earlier this month after accepting a job in Texas — officially began Sept. 12 when the school board distributed a Request for Qualifications to search firms.

“It is my hope that [the search] is something that we will complete by the end of the school year so that we can get somebody in place by the beginning of next school year,” Haney said Monday.

Early next month, the school board is expected to interview the search firms before selecting a finalist Oct. 11 that will help find the school district a new leader. There is a “narrow pool” of search firms across the nation that can handle the job, Haney said.

The selected search firm will have to guide the chosen superintendent into their new role, help the district work with the community and find qualified candidates, according to the RFQ.

“From there we will jump into the process and start to work with them on what we’re looking for in a potential superintendent,” Haney said. Those qualifications have yet to be determined and will be figured out with community input, according to Haney.

In the meantime, Interim Superintendent Myong Leigh has taken Carranza’s place at the top of the school district. Leigh was previously a deputy superintendent and is a veteran school district official, known for handling the district’s budget.

With Leigh declining thus far to pursue the job on a permanent basis, Haney said he and his colleagues plan to “cast our net far and wide to look for the very best person to lead our school district.”

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