10:00 PM PDT on Monday, June 27, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

The president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association has called on the board of trustees to hire interim and permanent superintendents with strong backgrounds in curriculum and instruction.

The San Bernardino City Unified board tonight will begin sifting through proposals from search firms that want to be hired to find an interim replacement for Superintendent Arturo Delgado, who is leaving Thursday for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

The public meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 777 N. F St.

Delgado was a teacher and principal early in his career, but his work at the district level had been as assistant superintendent of personnel for Alvord and San Bernardino before being elevated to superintendent.

“The San Bernardino Teachers Association cannot and will not support another superintendent who lacks the educational background in curriculum and instruction,” teachers union president Rebecca Harper said at the June 21 board meeting.

Eleven schools in the San Bernardino district were among the lowest-performing 5 percent in the state, according to a state Department of Education report in early 2010.

Trustee Lynda Savage said the school board that will be seated after the November election should be allowed to hire the permanent superintendent, so trustees would be more comfortable with the new leader.

Savage, Louise Ayala, Teresa Parra Craig and Elsa Valdez all face re-election in November.

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