The Ravenswood City School District is seeking feedback to inform the hiring of the East Palo Alto district's next superintendent through two upcoming public meetings and an online survey.
The meetings will take place Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6-7:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the board room at the district office, 2120 Euclid Ave., East Palo Alto.
Interim Superintendent Gina Sudaria, a longtime Ravenswood administrator, has led the K-8 East Palo Alto district for a year since former superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff was forced to resigned.
Despite teachers and community members who urged the board to conduct an internal search for a new superintendent, which would likely result in Sudaria's permanent appointment, trustees decided to launch an external search. The decision was not unanimous, with two of the most recently elected trustees, Stephanie Fitch and Tamara Sobomehin, expressing support for an internal search.
The board has hired southern California-based search firm Leadership Associates to oversee the hiring process, including facilitating the public input meetings.
At the meetings, community members will be asked to give feedback on personal and professional qualities they'd like to see in the next superintendent and the strengths and challenges of the K-8 school district.
People can also provide input through the online survey, which will be available on the district website through March 5. Leadership Associates consultants will compile a summary of the survey results and share them with the school board.
Anyone unable to access the online survey can send written responses to Penny Pyle of Leadership Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also request to speak with a consultant by sending an email to the same address.