BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood Union School District could have a new superintendent by May if the search and review process goes as planned.
At its Wednesday night meeting, the board reviewed the timeline and framework for the search.
The need for a permanent replacement for the district's leader was created after the school board fired Merrill Grant. This action came after a Brentwood special-education teacher was convicted of kicking a student with special needs in her classroom and the major public outcry that followed.
Former Superintendent Doug Adams is leading the search as the district's interim chief.
"You have many good candidates. I don't have to work too hard to sell it," he said of the pool of candidates and the district's reputation, respectively.
The job posting has been published, and candidate application packets are due April 12. At 6:30 p.m. April 4, community members will have an opportunity to provide input on the selection process during a forum in the theater at Edna Hill Middle School.
"It is five weeks of really intense activity. There is a lot involved here," Adams said.
A panel consisting of teachers, parents, principals and other district staff will conduct the first round of finalist interviews, which will be held April 25. This will be followed by the final interviews of applicants by the school board trustees, set for April 27.
"You want people who wear multiple hats," Adams said of the panel. "You want this committee to represent the entire community."
According to Adams, the 10-member panel should include three parents, three employees, three administrators and the superintendent's administrative assistant, Gayle Crockett. He added that the panel also needs equal representation from both the elementary-school and middle-school levels.
After the employment contract is finalized, Adams noted that the school board is likely to approve the new hire by May 8. That person is slated to officially start work July 1.
Adams said he is confident that the district will find a visionary leader who will serve the district for the next 15 years. While recently meeting with prospective candidates, Adams said that they are drawn to living in the desirable community of Brentwood and working in a district that is opening schools right now.
"This is going to come down to fit," he said of the future superintendent.
In other district news, the board approved an employment contract for Adams. His part-time salary will be a per-diem rate of $632.
Liz Robbins, the district's chief business official, said that the per diem rate is the lowest rate that the district could pay him according to the Education Code. She explained that hiring a retiree such as Adams to act as a temporary superintendent requires the district to pay him at least as much as the salary of Grant on a per-diem basis.
"He wanted to do it for a dollar," school board member Emil Geddes said of Adams.
Geddes noted that Adams also is saving the district money in terms of the superintendent search. He said that it typically costs $30,000 to consult someone with Adams' expertise to lead a search.
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