By Ryan Hagen
Posted: 05/29/2012 05:51:43 PM PDT

From staff reports

SAN BERNARDINO – The School Board has finished interviewing candidates for superintendent and will vote to accept one of three finalists at its next meeting Tuesday, according to board members.

The board of the San Bernardino City Unified School District is tight-lipped about the details of the interviews – including who the candidates are – saying they want to respect those candidates and avoid scaring anyone off with a premature announcement.

But several members said they hope to announce the district’s new top administrator Tuesday, nearly a year after longtime superintendent Arturo Delgado left to become superintendent of Los Angeles County schools.

“It’ll be agendized for our first meeting in June… and we should have an announcement then,” said board member Danny Tillman. “I think we have a great selection of candidates.”

The board will discuss the candidates in a closed-session portion of the meeting, then vote in public, he said.

Board member Judi Penman agreed the candidates were well-qualified to run the eighth-largest school district in the state and to oversee operations in a district of more than 50,000 students.

“We’re just waiting, but it’ll be a good selection,” she said.

Board member Bobbie Perong was more cautious, saying she didn’t want to announce a decision would be made until she was sure.

“The selection’s not positive – we haven’t said, `This is it,” Perong said. “At our next board meeting we will probably decide, but we need to protect the privacy of the candidates, because they need time to tell their respective employers.”

The Cosca Group contacted and selected the final candidates after meeting with dozens of teachers, parents and other community members to determine what people were looking for in a superintendent.

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