In a letter to families sent Jan. 29, the governing board said selecting the next superintendent will require "substantial time, attention and input from the District’s stakeholders."
"After more than 25 years serving as the District’s Superintendent, Dr. Camille Casteel recently announced her retirement from the District effective June 30, 2021," the letter said. "During her tenure, student enrollment has grown from 15,000 to over 44,000 and our District has been recognized as one of the best at the state and national level."
The board cites the "importance of selecting the right candidate" for the position as the reason for an interim superintendent, who would serve for fiscal year 2021-22, and the board plans to undertake a full superintendent search beginning in the fall of 2021.
"There are several factors that contributed to this decision," the letter said. "First and foremost, the Governing Board, school leaders, teachers, and support staff are unified in their vision for student success and aligned to the District’s well-defined, 10-year strategic plan. Quality leadership is in place at every level with a focus on continued improvement. Secondly, an Interim Superintendent will have full authority to lead the District according to the Governing Board strategic plan. The 2021-2022 school year will be one of continued forward motion. As well, beginning a search in the fall of 2021 will align with the typical Superintendent search timeline and will provide a much greater opportunity in more of a post-pandemic climate for a robust search and selection process."
An invitation to apply for the position was posted late last week. According to the letter from the governing board, the hope is to have an interim superintendent selection made by March 24.
"Although this will be a significant change for our District, we are committed to a smooth transition and look forward to building upon a long history of excellence," the letter said.