TUSD hires Oakdale company to lead search for new superintendent
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Jan 23, 2014 | 3882 views | 2 2 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jim Franco, superintendent of Tracy Unified School District, stands in front of the Tracy High School classroom building that was renamed in his honor in February 2012. Franco announced his June retirement plans at a school board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Press file photo
Jim Franco, superintendent of Tracy Unified School District, stands in front of the Tracy High School classroom building that was renamed in his honor in February 2012. Franco announced his June retirement plans at a school board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12. Press file photo
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The search for a new leader for the Tracy Unified School District took a giant step forward Tuesday, Jan. 21, when the board of trustees voted unanimously to hire Oakdale-based Education Leadership Services to help identify a superintendent.

During a special board meeting, the trustees voted 6-0 to enter into a $20,000 contract with ELS, according to TUSD spokesman Joel Danoy.

“That covers the whole hiring process,” he said. “That covers everything from start to finish.”

Superintendent James Franco announced his plans to retire in June during a Nov. 12 school board meeting.

Before the trustees decided to go with ELS, they reviewed two contract proposals, Danoy said.

The difference in the proposals came down to the location of the companies and the cost to do the job, he said. The other company under review, Leadership Associates of La Quinta, in Southern California, offered to find a superintendent for $23,500.

Also leaning in favor of ELS was that its executive director, Wendell Chun, had experience working with TUSD, Danoy said.

The next step in the superintendent search is for ELS officials to talk with trustees and members of the community to develop their perfect candidate profile.

“We hope to have someone by April,” Danoy said. “They want to move pretty quickly. The ultimate goal is to have someone in place so they can work with Dr. Franco during the transition as he transitions out — be here so they can get their feet wet.”

No date has been set for ELS officials to report their progress to the school board.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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ney
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January 23, 2014
I'm sorry Dr. Franco is leaving us, he is a great man. but with that.. REALLY TUSD, can't have the librarians full time because it's not in the budget. Teachers are at an impasse with the contract. and TUSD that has a great HR department has to pay an outside company $20,000. to hire a new super... Again money being spent in the wrong direction and not going towards the students...
TracyRAP
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January 23, 2014
Craigslist is waaaaaaay cheaper.


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