San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard A. Carranza (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner 2015)

SFUSD superintendent voted top finalist to lead Houston schools

San Francisco’s public schools will likely have an interim superintendent leading them in the new school year.

The governing board of the largest public school system in Texas unanimously voted to name Richard Carranza, the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, as the sole finalist to lead the Houston Independent School District.

The Houston ISD Board will vote whether to hire Carranza in three weeks, but San Francisco’s school board selected an interim superintendent to replace him ahead of the final vote.

Myong Leigh, the deputy superintendent for policy and operations, could head the school district beginning as early as September if Carranza becomes Houston’s superintendent.

The Houston ISD Board selected Carranza after an extensive community input process and search.

“The Houston Independent School District has earned a national reputation for innovation and academic achievement among all student groups,” Carranza said in a statement that the Houston school district released.

“I am honored that the Board of Education would consider me for the superintendent position,” he added. “There are many challenges facing Houston’s students, and I look forward to working with the community to build on Houston ISD’s strengths.”

Carranza has worked as San Francisco’s superintendent for the past four years, and previously was a deputy superintendent for instruction, innovation and social justice with the SFUSD.

In January, Carranza was reportedly a candidate to lead the Los Angeles Unified School District. However, Carranza responded to media reports saying he was committed to San Francisco.

San Francisco Board of Education President Matt Haney previously said that he and his colleagues have met and have a plan in case Carranza leaves.

The next school year starts Aug. 15.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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