UPLAND - Upland Unified's Board of Trustees is seeking community input about what characteristics should be considered in recruiting and selecting the school district's next superintendent.

Trustees have hired La Quinta-based executive- search firm Leadership Associates to recruit a new superintendent by July 1.

Dennis M. Smith, Peggy Lynch and Kent L. Bechler of Leadership Associates will be conducting a forum at 5 p.m. Jan. 22 in the school district's community room, 390 N. Euclid Ave.

The company and the trustees are soliciting responses to the question: "What personal and professional qualities for an incoming superintendent will be a match for Upland Unified School District?"

Gary Rutherford served as superintendent for the past eight years. He was recently hired as superintendent for Desert Sands Unified School District.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Sherri Black is serving as interim superintendent.

Community members may also send responses to lhunt@leadershipassociates.org.

A survey also will be available at the district's website, at uusd-ca.schoolloop.com, after Jan. 22.


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