Last last year, Mt. Diablo district Superintendent Steven Lawrence asked the board to grant him permission to appoint administrators over the summer, while trustees took their traditional July hiatus.
But trustees denied Lawrence’s request, saying they did not want to relinquish responsibility for hiring district leaders. Instead, they chose to hold special meetings to appoint administrators.
On Tuesday, Lawrence will again ask for permission to enter into contracts with district administrators without board approval.
Here’s his request (from Tuesday’s agenda):
“Currently, we have one elementary school principal position, four Student Services Coordinators, two Necessary Small School administrator positions, Assistant Director of Categoricals and School Support, and Director English Learner Services open.
We will follow our current protocol to fill these positions which includes vetting of applicants’ paper work, interviews, reference checking, and background screening. So, that candidates can be selected and under contract prior to August 1, for the above stated positions, it is requested that the Board authorize the Superintendent to enter into contracts with selected candidates.
Any contract offered will follow Board Policy 4351. All candidates will be brought to the August 9th Board meeting to be introduced to the Board.”
At Tuesday’s meeting, the board expects to appoint an assistant director of adult education, a middle school principal, an elementary school principal and three high school vice principals.
Do you think the board should give Lawrence the permission he seeks?