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School board to debate superintendent search process

Parcel tax oversight report, child care center leases, prescription drug awareness among other meeting topics

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to talk Tuesday about the process for finding a successor to Superintendent Mary Shelton, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Board members will also consider approving a $28,500 contract with Leadership Associates, a Southern California-based executive search firm, to oversee superintendent recruitment and aid the district throughout its search process.

Shelton, who has served as the district's leader since July 2012, announced earlier this month that she planned to retire on June 30. District officials hope to have a permanent replacement hired by July 1.

The school board held a special meeting on Feb. 12, in the wake of Shelton's announcement, and directed staff to negotiate contract terms with Leadership Associates -- a firm the district has worked with before.

The final agreement heads to the board for approval Tuesday night.

It stipulates Leadership Associates will assist in creating a personal and professional profile describing what the district and its stakeholders are looking for in the new superintendent. The firm will also recruit candidates meeting that profile, conduct thorough reference checks of applicants and work closely with the board throughout the search process.

Additional tasks include arranging for advertisements, accepting all candidate applications, obtaining community input, assisting the district in developing interview questions and acting as an adviser to the board.

Following the contract deliberations, the board will move to a discussion on the overall search process, with topics to include the recruitment timeline, stakeholder engagement, what qualities and characteristics board members want in the new hire, possible contract parameters and search protocols.

The superintendent debate is among several items listed on the board's open-session agenda, scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. in the boardrooms at the district administrative complex, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* Board members will consider accepting the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee's report on how funds from the $144 annual parcel tax were spent last year.

The committee determined the funds, $6,837,192 net revenue in all, were spent in accordance with requirements outlined in the parcel tax measure.

Funds generated by the tax must be used "to address the impact of cuts in the state's education budget on teachers, classroom programs and student services, to maintain academic excellence, to retain qualified and experienced teachers, to prepare students for college and careers for a global economy, to maintain math, science, literacy and other academic programs, and to provide other financial support such as the purchase of instructional equipment, materials and supplies."

The revenues cannot go toward administrator salaries.

* The board will discuss approving five-year lease agreements with child care providers at nine elementary schools: Alamo, Bella Vista, Creekside, Golden View, Neil Armstrong, Quail Run, Rancho Romero, Tassajara Hills and Twin Creeks.

The monthly lease rate begins at $1.0183 per square foot for next school year, and it will increase annually based on the Bay Area's consumer price index, district officials said.

* Board members will weigh final approval of recommended changes to the district's rules regarding how it gives credits to students who satisfy their high school graduation requirements through alternative means, such as classes at accredited colleges or vocational schools.

* They will also adopt a resolution in support of March as Prescription Drug Awareness Month throughout the district.

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