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Tahoe/Truckee superintendent search: School district asks public for input

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; The hunt for a new leader of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has begun.

Two public workshops are scheduled for next week in an effort to gain insight into what qualities the community desires in its next superintendent.

Current Superintendent Steve Jennings, who led the district for the past three years, announced his upcoming retirement to trustees in June, with an expected retirement date of Feb. 29, 2012.

On Thursday, the 39-year veteran educator said he encourages the community to participate in the workshops and hopes the district finds a strong leader to fill his position.

and#8220;I think it needs to be somebody who really does reflect the needs and desires of the community and the school board … (who) can really take the district to new heights,and#8221; Jennings said.

Considering the current tug of war between state and district finances, Jennings said fiscal skills should be desired; however, the role of superintendent requires a variety skill sets, including strong leadership skills, an ability to communicate and#8212; and be decisive.