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  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017


    OUSD moves to find Interim Superintendent

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    OUSD Special Meeting Thursday
    OUSD moves to find Interim Superintendent

    After making his retirement announcement public three months ago in May 2017, OUSD Superintendent Mike Christensen sent a final goodbye email to the OUSD family at the end of  his last day, Wednesday August 2, 2017.  The three paragraph email was a thank you to the employees of OUSD and simply signed "Mike".

    In the email Christensen stated his great confidence in OUSD's  top administrators in the Superintendent's Cabinet and announced that Deputy Superintendent Dr. Hansen would be  the Acting Superintendent as the OUSD Board conducts a search for an Interim Superintendent.       

    The search for that Interim Superintendent is on the OUSD Board of Education Special Meeting Agenda for this Thursday August 10, 2017.  Closed Session Item 4A is for "Consideration of Appointment of Interim Superintendent".

    At the Thursday July 27th  the OUSD Board of Education  received names from McPherson & Jacobson, the  school executive recruitment firm chosen to led the search for a new OUSD Superintendent. According to on-line documents, McPherson & Jacobson does not "recruit" for Interim Superintendents. The firm uses an internal list of  candidates who will provide interim superintendent  services. The four names provided to the OUSD Board by McPherson & Jacobson  are all retired former top school administrators and do not appear to be up for consideration for the  permanent OUSD Superintendent position:  

    Dr. Carmella Franco- The 67 year old is currently employed as a headhunter for the school executive search firm Hazard,Young, Attea & Associates. She has served as Superintendent of Whittier City School District for 12 years and as Interim Superintendent for both Compton Unified School District and Woodland Joint Unified School District.

    Dr. Suzette D. Lovely- At 59 years old she is the youngest of the four and is currently a consultant to numerous entities including one of OUSD's legal firms- Atkinson,  Andelson, Loya, Rudd, Romo.  Her numerous administration positions include serving as the Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District for four years and acting Superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District.

    Dr. Roberta Mahler- The 73 year old Villa Park resident is currently a part-time employee of the Orange County Department of Education. She served for 13 months as an Interim Superintendent for Capistrano Unified and 12 months as Interim Superintendent of Westminster School District.

    Dr. Mary Willis - The 66 year old is currently listed as operating two consultant firms LBHI Consulting and Management Services and  MWillis Inc., Educational Consultant Services.  According to her Linked-In page, she started her consultant business while employed as Assistant Superintendent of Montebello Unified in 2010.  She also serviced as Interim Superintendent for El Monte Union High School District for four months in 2015.  

    The July 27th OUSD Agenda stated that an OUSD Special Board Meeting will be held at a later date for the OUSD Board to interview "potential candidates".  The August 10th  Closed Session begins at 5:30 pm with the Open Session beginning at 7:00pm.

    Item 10 A states Dr. Thomas Jacobson of  McPherson & Jacobson  will  be at the OUSD Board to receive input from the OUSD Board on the process for the OUSD Superintendent search.   

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday August 10, 2017

    CLOSED SESSION NOTE Time change 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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