CONTACT:  Sarah Wahrenbrock                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 70241                                   21 JAN 2011



Request for Public Input – SMMUSD Superintendent Search


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has begun the process to select a new district superintendent.  Tim Cuneo, the current Superintendent, is scheduled to retire in June.


The board members are asking community members what characteristics they would like to see in a superintendent; this input will be used in recruiting and selecting candidates.  The board members are soliciting input in response to the prompt:  What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District?


Peggy Lynch and Michael Escalante of Leadership Associates were selected to advise the Board of Education in this important process.  They will be in the school district on February 1 and 2, 2011.


In order to collect input from members of the community (parents, employees and others interested in the school district), Leadership Associates will be holding public input sessions in both Santa Monica and Malibu.  These sessions will be held on:


February 1, 2011   5:30-6:30pm

(same input sessions, convenient locations)

Grant Elementary School auditorium

2368 Pearl Street

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(Spanish translation available)

Lincoln Middle School auditorium

1501 California Avenue

Santa Monica, CA 90403


February 2, 2011   5:30-6:30pm

Malibu High School library

30215 Morning View Drive

Malibu, CA 90265

(Spanish translation available)


No appointment is necessary to attend and participate in the public input sessions, where ideas from the public will be heard and information about the search process will be shared,. 


Those who are unable to attend any of the public input sessions, but would still like to share their thoughts, may send a fax to 949.461.9119 or an email to or (subject line: “SMMUSD Superintendent Search”).  To speak by phone to either Peggy Lynch or Michael Escalante, call 909.985.7814.





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