CONCORD -- The Mt. Diablo school district's new superintendent should include staff, parents and community members in decision-making, said dozens of people who have weighed in on the search for a new leader.

After conducting two community meetings and several focus groups, consultant Sally Frazier of Leadership Associates said she is getting an idea about what kind of person would be a good fit in the district.

"We've heard a lot about being a team player and listening to people around the district," she said, during a public meeting Tuesday. "There's a lot of awareness about the number of constituents in the communities that have competing interests. The public wants someone who's able to get people to work together."

The board hired the search firm to come up with a job description, seek applicants who fit the bill, then recommend a handful of candidates to interview in early August.

Trustees voted 3-2 in April to dismiss Superintendent Steven Lawrence a year early, after some said staff morale and public trust in the district plummeted under his leadership. Interim Superintendent John Bernard said Wednesday that after 16 days on the job, he has noticed the district includes many great employees.

"But," he said, "we're not working well together."

Bernard said he hopes to improve communication throughout the district before the new superintendent is hired.


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Community members can comment on what they want to see in a new superintendent by completing an online survey by June 21 at www.mdusd.org. Click on "Superintendent Search Survey."