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Survey propels LAUSD superintendent search into ‘new phase,’ though no hiring timetable set yet – Daily News

The Los Angeles Unified School District said on Thursday, Oct. 21, that its search for a permanent superintendent has entered a “new phase” with the release of a community engagement report detailing the opinions of some 30,000 students, parents, staff and community members on what they’re looking for in a new district leader.

According to a district release, respondents had “clear preferences” for qualifications — including experience as a teacher and/or administrator (90% of those surveyed); experience working in and with diverse communities (90%); and experience managing a very large organization (89%).

The LAUSD Board of Education will integrate results of the community input into subsequent phases of the selection process, including the full job description and selection criteria, the district said.

No time frame was announced.

The LAUSD has been operating under the direction of Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly since July 1, following the resignation of Austin Beutner after his three-year tenure.

According to Thursday’s LAUSD release, nearly 30,000 people participated in an online survey that was available in eight languages, with outreach also including eight focus groups with education community organizations and unions, 14 community listening sessions hosted virtually across all seven board districts and direct engagement with nearly 1,000 community members at 129 school sites.

Of more than 28,500 respondents, 47% self-identified as parents, 10% as students and 23% as L.A. Unified employees (19% certificated, 14% classified), the district said.

When asked to prioritize among a variety of qualities and characteristics, respondents most frequently selected: listens to the community, teaching/administrative experience, problem solver, promotes transparency, and effective communicator, the district said.

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