The San Ramon Valley school board is scheduled to confer with district consultants and evaluate superintendent candidates during a special closed-session meeting at a board member's house Thursday morning.
Board members are expected to come out of the private deliberations with a list of finalists to advance to the interview process, according to the district's timeline.
The publicly posted agenda for Thursday's meeting describes the closed session as focused on "public employment, certificated administrator," but district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich confirmed the topic will be reviewing superintendent applications.
The agenda also notes the meeting will take place at a board member's house rather than a district site -- a move Graswich said isn't uncommon for the specific subject.
"It has been traditional practice in SRVUSD to hold closed-session meetings related to the superintendent search at a board member's house," she said. "Given that focus, it is not unusual."
The crux of the meeting is set for closed session, but the public can attend at the beginning for citizen comment before the private meeting starts and at the end when the board convenes after closed session to announce whether any actions were taken -- like any typical school board meeting.
The board is permitted to reserve its employee appointment discussions for closed session only, though any votes must be disclosed in open session. The final appointment isn't expected for several weeks at the earliest.
District officials have been working to find the next permanent superintendent since Mary Shelton announced in February that she'd be retiring on June 30 after four years at the helm.
The school board hired Southern California-based executive search firm Leadership Associates to advise district officials during the hiring process, and the consultants collected applications from interested candidates up until their April 4 deadline.
Firm representatives were to complete reference and background checks on applicants this month before meeting with the school board Thursday to review applications and select finalists, according to the district's search timeline. The board is set to then interview the finalists April 22-23.
The recruitment process will remain confidential for applicants until after the board interviews finalists, at which point the names of the leading candidate or leading candidates will be released to the public, likely later this month or early next month, according to Graswich.
The school board hopes to approve a contract with the new superintendent in May, with that person set to start working on July 1 -- the first day of the district's new fiscal year.
Thursday's special meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at 233 Marigold St. in Danville.