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.
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