The board voted 4-0-1 in favor of hiring La Quinta-based Leadership Associates after two associates from the firm made a presentation to the board on Thursday.
Board member Sharon Lampel was not present at the meeting.
This is not the first time Leadership Associates has worked for Lammersville.
Five years ago, the firm performed a superintendent search that resulted in the hiring of retiring Superintendent Dale Hansen.
The recruitment firm will meet school board members at the end of March to address the search criteria, Hansen said. A date for that meeting is expected to be set at the next school board meeting on Wednesday, March 20.
Hansen anticipated that the board would conduct final candidate interviews by the beginning of June. The school board hopes to hire a new superintendent by July 1, he said.
The 59-year-old announced his plans to retire on June 30 during a closed executive session at the March 6 school board meeting.
“I’m at the top of my game,” Hansen said during a telephone interview on March 15. “It’s a wonderful, wonderful district, and after 36 years (in education) I can retire.”
Hansen said he has “been thinking about it for three to four months” and that “it feels like it’s the right time.”
“I love the board, I love the district and I love the community,” he said. “It’s been amazing. I have some really good opportunities to work as a consultant on my own schedule.”
During his five years at Lammersville, some of the highlights to Hansen’s career have included the unification of the district, completion of Questa Elementary School and coordinating the current construction of Altamont elementary and Mountain House high schools.
He wants to devote time to his family and three grandchildren.
“Family time is important,” Hansen said. “I really do feel the district is in great, great shape right now and I’m leaving the new superintendent with the opportunity to hire staff and prepare the new schools for a full year before the students arrive.”
Looking forward, Hansen said it “breaks my heart not to open the high school, it’s my passion.” But he joked about hopefully receiving an invitation to the opening of the high school in August 2014.
According to Micaela Vergara, school board president, news of Hansen’s retirement caught board members off guard.
“The board was surprised and encouraging of his decision,” she said. “It’s a big move to leave behind a life you put your whole career into. We’re excited for him making this transition to retirement life.”
She said his departure is a “huge loss for the district.”
“Searching for a replacement that brings to the table all the skills that Dale has … is not easy,” Vergara said.
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