Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 11/16/2011 12:22:37 AM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The board of the San Bernardino City Unified School District has postponed a decision on how to choose a new superintendent until Dec. 6, noting that the current members weren’t in agreement and three newly elected members will begin serving then.

The board had planned to have a new superintendent in place this week, but in October it rejected all candidates suggested after a four-month search by Leadership Associates, billed as the state’s top firm for hiring school executives.

“We didn’t have a very good experience with the search firm, and I personally would like us to conduct our own and involve our community,” board member Barbara Flores said Tuesday, when the board was scheduled to discuss the next step.

Several board members indicated agreement, but others suggested a professional search firm other than Leadership Associates.

“Given that we don’t have a consensus, I think that if we vote tonight, it probably will be reversed (by the new members), so I would like to suggest that we probably postpone it,” Flores said.

Departing board member Teresa Parra Craig, who earlier in the meeting listed a litany of issues she thinks the district should fix, agreed that this was a responsibility that belonged to her replacement – not to her, and most importantly not to district staff or an outside consultant.

“I would highly recommend that whoever they pick, it be the board that hires them, the board that they respond to,” she said.

Parra Craig and Elsa Valdez were voted off the school board in the Nov. 8 election, about two months after former member Louise Ayala resigned for health reasons.

Voters replaced them with three new faces: aerospace executive Mike Gallo, long-time teacher Sharon “Bobbie” Perong and Margaret Hill, the assistant superintendent of administrative services for county schools.

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