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MDUSD extends hours for Tuesday community input meeting regarding superintendent search

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 11:01 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

The Mt. Diablo school district has extended the hours for its second community input meeting related to its search for a new superintendent. The meeting, previously scheduled from 4:20-5:30 p.m. has been extended to 7 p.m. to allow more people to participate.

Here is the revised public notice:

“PUBLIC NOTICE – Request for Community Input Superintendent Search – REVISED

The Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District is conducting a search for a new district superintendent. Community input about the desired characteristics to be used in recruiting and selecting this person is desired. The trustees are soliciting input to respond to the prompt: What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Mt. Diablo School District?

Michael Escalante and Sally Frazier of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board in this important process. They will be in our district on June 6 and 11 to solicit input that will be used to develop the recruitment criteria. Your input about the desired personal and professional qualities anticipated in the incoming superintendent is valued.

Individual input from members of the community (parents, employees and others interested in our district) is desired. To attend and participate in an open forum, where your ideas will be heard and you may hear about the process, no appointment is necessary. The open forum will be held on June 6, 2013 at the Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord 94518, between 4:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. On June 11, 2013, it will be held at the Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord 94519, from 4:20 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to meet personally with the Board’s advisors, you may send a fax to (760) 771-4277 or an email to To speak by phone to either Michael Escalante or Sally Frazier, you may call (760) 771-4277.”

As previously noted, the district is also inviting public input via an online survey at:

Here are the questions on that survey:


The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Governing Board has contracted with Leadership Associates to assist in the recruitment and selection of the District’s next superintendent. This survey will be used to collect input from all stakeholders about the desired characteristics to be used in the selection process.

All input is welcome, so please take a few minutes to complete this survey!


Because experienced applicants can come from different backgrounds, tell us how you would rank the qualifications below.

1. Rank the following in order of desirability from 1 to 5, where 1 = high and 5 = low

Experience in oversight of school district finances, budgets, and business management.

Experience in management of school facilities.

Experience in California public education, either teaching and/or site administration.

Experience as an assistant superintendent or associate superintendent.

Experience as a superintendent in a comparable district.

A proven track record of strong academic achievement for all students, including special needs children, second language learners, and children of poverty.


We would like to know which leadership characteristics matter most to you.

2. Rate characteristics to look for in a superintendent based on their importance to you: Very Important, Important, Somewhat Important, Not Important, or No Opinion

Is a strong instructional leader who will maintain and improve the student achievement gains made in the district.

Will bring the entire community together toward a strong vision of student achievement.

Will place the highest priority on safe environments for students and staff.

Has strong human relations skills and is a “people person.”

Will be accessible to parents and staff.

Holds high standards for consistent discipline in schools.

Will be highly visible at our schools and community events.

Is bilingual in English and Spanish.


What should the next superintendent know about your community and neighborhood schools? Type your responses in the box for each question below.

3. What other desirable professional and personal characteristics would you like to see in the next superintendent?

4. In your opinion, what are some of the outstanding qualities of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District?

5. In your opinion, what are some of the challenges facing the Mt. Diablo Unified School District?


We want to know how the Mt. Diablo Unified School District serves you.

6. My perspective on Mt. Diablo USD comes from being a (check all that apply)

Community Member
Support Staff/Classified Employee
Administrator/Certificated, Classified, or Confidential
Teacher/Certificated Staff
School Volunteer/PTA Member
Business Owner/Operator
Public Official
Other (please specify)

Which of the above items are most important to you?

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