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Union Hill school district in search of new supervisor

Current Union Hill School District Superintendent Susie Barry.
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The Union Hill school board has heightened their search for a new district superintendent, sending flyers out to county offices and school districts around the state to notify interested candidates about the open position.

“The search is going very well although we’re still in the beginning stages of it,” Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen said. “We hope to close the application process on Jan. 30, so we’ve got plenty of time for people to apply.”

In September, the district’s current superintendent, Susie Barry, notified district staff of her plans to retire at the end of June. The board and county have since posted the position on statewide job education websites such as EdJoin, and on the district and Superintendent of Schools websites. The job has also been sent out through the Association of California School Administrators publication, EdCal.



“The board has worked on the brochure and getting the time line finalized,” Barry said. “Now it’s kind of more in the hands of the Superintendent of Schools who is leading the search. She’s got the time line and will be forming the committees and all of that.”

“I just want to leave everything so that somebody can walk in and really have the luxury of having things organized and completed. So I’m going to be busy, but it’s kind of exciting on the other hand too.”
Susie Barry
current Union Hill School District Superintendent

To give educators and community stakeholders an opportunity to give input and feedback on the search for the new superintendent, Hermansen and the board will hold an input meeting on Jan. 7 at Union Hill School for staff to participate in. A second input meeting for parents and community stakeholders will also be held at the school at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8.




“Following those meetings, I will be meeting with the board on Jan. 13 to share the results of all the public input we’ve collected,” Hermansen said. “And the purpose of that public input is to help guide the board in the process of choosing another superintendent, and having a better understanding of what the public and the school staff would like to see in the characteristics and skills of the next superintendent.”

Ancillary to the public input meetings, district staff and parents can complete a survey that both the board and Hermansen will review and reference during the district’s hiring process.

Barry says the board aims to have the potential candidates for the position selected and interviewed by March 7.

“They’re going to do it similarly to the process to when I was hired, and in that process I went through two interviews,” Barry said. “The interview with the board, and then there was the community, staff and stakeholder interview process. We kind of were in two different rooms, but they did hold two separate interviews like that.”

Barry says the new superintendent’s contract will technically begin on July 1, 2015. She hopes to aid the new hire in their transition into the district.

“I just want to leave everything so that somebody can walk in and really have the luxury of having things organized and completed,” Barry said. “So I’m going to be busy, but it’s kind of exciting on the other hand too.”

For more information go to http://www.district.uhsd.k12.ca.us. To complete the input survey go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/parentcommunityinput.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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