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Nevada Joint Union High School District could hire consultant in search for new superintendent

The board of trustees for the high school district agreed Tuesday to launch its search for a new superintendent, by issuing a request for proposals for consultant services.

Superintendent Louise Bennicoff Johnson had announced her intention to retire as of July 27, 2018; Johnson was hired by the district in 2013.

Last year, Johnson shepherded the successful passage of Measure B; the bond measure, which provides the district with $47 million for repairs and upgrades, was narrowly approved. She noted in her letter of resignation that she will be on board through the second phase of health and safety upgrades funded by the measure.

“I intend to work hard for you and our district up until my final day and finish strong,” Johnson wrote in a letter to the board. “I will be as involved or uninvolved as the board wishes in your search for a new superintendent.”

It is common, but not necessary, to engage the services of a search consultant, and draft a request for proposals for the board to consider, she said.

Johnson told the board Tuesday that she had looked at a number of requests for proposals and selected one from a district that most closely resembles Nevada Joint Union High School District in terms of size and needs.

In her letter, Johnson outlined a number of recommendations, including making sure the board retains the right to reject all bids and retains the right to review all applicants, not just those “screened in” by the consultant.

“You want to see all the candidates,” she told the trustees during the board meeting.

Gathering community input was also a subject of discussion, with town hall meetings as a potential format.

As part of the interview process, Johnson recommended securing an on-demand writing sample beyond that of the cover letter and resume, a complete and comprehensive community input gathering process, and a site visit to the community of the finalist to verify things learned in the interview process.

The board agreed to meet in January to review any proposals received.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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