CONTACT:Sarah Wahrenbrock†† ††††††††††† FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 229††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 09 JUNE 2008



SMMUSD Hosting Community Input Sessions Regarding Interim Superintendent


Leadership Associates Executive Search Advisors Jim Brown and Larry Aceves were selected by the SMMUSD Board of Education to conduct the recruitment and comprehensive search process in the selection of an Interim Superintendent.  As part of the recruitment process, Leadership Associates and the district will be hosting community input sessions to receive feedback from employees and members of the community regarding the qualities and characteristics they are seeking in an Interim Superintendent.


These 60- to 90-minute sessions will be held on Thursday, June 12th at 3:30pm and again at 6:00pm to accommodate various schedules.No appointment or RSVP is necessary to attend these sessions, which will be held concurrently at both the Santa Monica High School library (601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA) and the Malibu High School library (30215 Morning View Dr., Malibu, CA).


If you are unable to attend either the 3:30pm or 6:00pm session, you may email Mr. Brown and Mr. Aceves at Leadership Associates with your response to the prompts (see below) at the Board of Educationís goal to have an Interim Superintendent hired by July 1, 2008, public input should be emailed no later than June 18, 2008.


During the input sessions, employees and community members will be asked to provide feedback regarding two primary questions:

         What are the desirable qualities, characteristics, background, and experiences (professional and personal) for the Interim Superintendent of SMMUSD? 

         What do you see as the strengths of the district and the major challenges facing the district in the months ahead?


The Leadership Associates advisors will compile a report of comments received during the community input sessions and will share these comments with the Board of Education and ultimately with the new Interim Superintendent when hired.  The comments will also be used to guide the development of the recruitment brochure, the recruitment process, and reference checking.


Thank you in advance for helping the district through this most important process.We value your input.





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