SF school board chooses search firm for new superintendent

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The Board of Education has chosen a search firm to help find a permanent superintendent to lead the public school system in San Francisco.

The search firm, Leadership Associates, is expected to keep the names of applicants confidential so that sitting superintendents of other districts are not discouraged from applying, according to a statement released Wednesday by the San Francisco Unified School District.

School board President Matt Haney, who is running for re-election, said the search will include community input.

“We want to hear from students, staff, parents, and community members about their desired qualities and characteristics for the next superintendent and to share their thoughts on district strengths and challenges,” Haney said in a statement.

The pool of applicants is expected to be diverse. Leadership Associates has helped hire superintendents for other districts from across the nation.

“The board is committed to finding a superintendent who shares our district’s values and vision while also bringing the expertise necessary to take our district to the next level,” Haney said.

The SFUSD has been without a permanent leader since September, when then-Superintendent Richard Carranza departed for a new job in Texas.

Former Deputy Superintendent Myong Leigh has since stepped up as the top education official in The City in an interim role.

The district is expected to schedule community input forums after Nov. 14.

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