The San Ramon Valley school board is scheduled to interview six candidates vying to become the district's next superintendent later this week.
The board has special meetings set for Friday and Saturday mornings at the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce offices, with the focus of the meetings listed on the agendas as closed-session discussions on "public employment, certificated administrator."
School district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich confirmed the topics will be interviews of candidates hoping to succeed Mary Shelton as superintendent when she retires after this school year.
Board members met last week in closed session to review 12 applications with their search consultants, and they advanced six applicants forward to the interview stage, according to Graswich.
The candidates' names have not been released, but the board hopes to hone in on a leading candidate or leading candidates, whose names would be identified publicly, likely later this month or early next month, according to Graswich.
The district remains on schedule with the search timeline announced earlier in the recruitment process, she added. The board aims 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.
The school board hired Southern California-based executive search firm Leadership Associates for $28,500 to consult with district officials after Shelton announced in February her plan to retire June 30 after four years leading the district.
The superintendent search meetings this week are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce offices at 117-E Town and Country Drive in Danville.
The bulk of the discussions are set for closed session, but the public can attend at the beginning for citizen comment before the private meetings start and at the end when the board convenes after closed session to announce whether any actions were taken.