Berkeley Unified School District Begins Interviews for New Superintendent

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Berkeley Unified School District will begin interviewing applicants this week for the superintendent position that will be vacated by current District Superintendent Bill Huyett when he retires in June.

At a special closed session meeting on May 2, the district’s Board of Education selected between seven and 10 of the 57 applicants to interview. Interviews are expected to go on for about a week.

Three finalists will then each have dinner individually with the board in order for its members to interact socially with the candidates, according to district’s spokesperson Mark Coplan. Members of the district’s unions, PTA, board members and others will also visit the school districts that currently employ the candidates.

“Presumably, the logical candidate for a district of our size will be a currently seated superintendent,” Coplan said. “We’re not really a starter trial ground for a new superintendent.”

The board has hired an organization specializing in superintendent and principal selection — Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates — to conduct the search. The organization will present the board with its findings before a final decision is made in the beginning of June. The new superintendent will start their term on July 1.

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