Superintendent chosen, identity not yet revealed
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District officials have selected former superintendent Pat Gemma’s replacement, but they have not revealed the successful candidate’s identity, yet.
“If all goes well, and this is predicating on that it does go well, we should be able to announce who our superintendent is soon,” said Pat Gibbons-Johnson, district board president, about the school board’s only employee.
Over the next couple of weeks, the unnamed candidate will visit the district’s campuses and meet with board members and school officials. Then the nominee will decide whether or not to sign a contract – which will stipulate, among other items, an estimated $125,000 salary, according to the recruitment brochure designed by the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the organization hired by the school board to find a superintendent.
Once the contract is signed, the board will reveal the superintendent’s name.
Tahoe Truckee Unified drew one of the largest pools CSBA has ever seen, with 52 applicants. Keith Daniel, a consultant with CSBA hired by the district, said Tahoe Truckee Unified is appealing for candidates because it doesn’t have the same severity of issues as other districts in California.
“The large pool of candidates worked out very well,” Daniel said.
Based on input from the school board and the district liaison council – a committee comprised of district employees, parents and community members – three screeners from CSBA built a matrix to slim the pool down to seven applicants.
All seven applicants accepted the final interviews with the district liaison council and school board.
The district liaison council interviewed each of the seven remaining candidates for two-and-a-half hours last weekend, May 16 and 17. From there, the pool was narrowed down to three candidates.
The school board members interviewed each of the remaining candidates for one hour on May 18.
“We talked to them quite a bit,” Gibbons-Johnson said. “I think this district will be in good hands.”
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