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Superintendent Search Community Engagement Begins

NEWS RELEASE: San Diego Unified Begins Community Engagement for Future of Schools, Superintendent Search
Posted on 07/28/2021


San Diego Unified Begins Community Engagement for Future of Schools, Superintendent Search

Open Dialogue, Robust Community Feedback Critical to Superintendent Selection Process

July 27, 2021

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School District this week will begin a series of community engagement sessions to gather public input and help shape the search for a new superintendent and the future of the district. The first forums will be held virtually on Thursday, July 29, and Friday, July 30. A total of 30 in-person and Zoom meetings will take place across the district through September.

“The goal is not simply to choose the next outstanding leader for our schools but to truly engage the entire city -- every community -- about the future of San Diego Unified,” Board of Education President Richard Barrera said. “We are inviting everyone in this community who cares about public education to participate in our series of public input sessions and to share with us their vision for great public schools and the qualities they would like to see in a superintendent to lead us toward that vision.”

The Board adopted the Superintendent Recruitment and Selection Process on Feb. 2 that reflects its commitment to engage stakeholders from throughout San Diego Unified around the vision for the district and superintendent in an open and transparent process.

A 48-member Superintendent Search Advisory Committee is overseeing the process of filling the top position in California’s second-largest school district. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) has been contracted to facilitate community outreach and public forums.

“The rich diversity of the students and families in the San Diego Unified School District is one of our biggest assets, and we want to see that diversity reflected in the public input sessions that will shape the search for the next superintendent,” Board of Education Vice President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne said. “We are going to bring these forums to the community in-person and online in an effort to reach as many people as we can. I urge everyone to please join us.”

NCEE will publicly share the results of the community forums with the board.

The public input gathered at the engagement meetings will be used to shape the Superintendent recruitment and position description, which will be posted and advertised in the fall.

The board appointed longtime San Diego Unified educator, Dr. Lamont Jackson, as Interim Superintendent through Dec. 31, 2021 after former Superintendent Cindy Marten was named Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

San Diego Unified will conduct the first five community engagement forums virtually, with the first in-person sessions to follow. Below is the list of dates, locations, and times. The schedule for the remaining forums will be posted and shared with stakeholders later this month.

Interpretation services will be available.

All virtual sessions will use the same, recurring login information to join a Zoom meeting:

Zoom Link: https://ncee.zoom.us/j/83503961572?pwd=ZXN4WjdFT3lMbVhuSXhmdW5yQUdiQT09

Meeting ID: 835 0396 1572
Passcode: 757316

Date Time  Day Location
8/27/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday Zoom
8/31/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Zoom
9/1/21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday Zoom
9/2/21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Thursday Zoom
9/2/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday Zoom
9/7/21 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tuesday Zoom
9/7/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Zoom
9/8/21 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Zoom
9/8/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday Zoom
9/9/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday Zoom
9/10/21 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday Zoom
9/11/21 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday Zoom
9/13/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday  Zoom
9/14/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday  Zoom
9/15/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday Zoom
9/16/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday  Zoom
9/17/21 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday Zoom
9/18/21 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday Zoom
9/18/21 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Saturday Zoom

Past Community Input Forums: 

Date Time  Day Cluster Location
 07/29/21  6-8 pm  Thursday University City + Mira Mesa Clusters Zoom
 07/30/21 10 am- 12 pm  Friday Mission Bay, La Jolla, and Pt. Loma Clusters Zoom
 08/03/21  6 -8 pm  Tuesday Serra and Madison Clusters Zoom
 08/04/21  6 -8 pm  Wednesday Clairemont and Kearny Clusters Zoom
 08/05/21 10 am - 12 pm  Thursday Henry and Scripps Ranch Clusters Zoom
 08/10/21 10 am - 12 pm  Tuesday Crawford Cluster Ibarra Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 4877 Orange Ave., San Diego, CA 92115
 08/10/21 6 -8 pm  Tuesday Morse Cluster Morse High School Auditorium, 6905 Skyline Dr., San Diego, CA, 92114
 08/11/21 10 am - 12 pm  Wednesday Hoover Cluster Wilson Middle School Auditorium, 3838 Orange Ave., San Diego, CA 92105
 08/12/21 10 am - 12 pm  Thursday  Lincoln Cluster Lincoln High School Auditorium, 4777 Imperial Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
 08/12/21  6 -8 pm  Thursday  San Diego Cluster Logan-Memorial PreK-12 Auditorium, 2875 Oceanview Ave., San Diego, CA 92113
08/19/21 10 am - 12 pm Thursday   Zoom
08/20/21 6 - 8 pm Friday   Zoom
08/21/21 10 am - 12 pm Saturday   Zoom
08/24/21 6 - 8 pm Tuesday   Zoom
08/26/21 6 - 8 pm Thursday   Zoom