It could take up to four months to find a new superintendent for the Atascadero Unified School District, county schools officials said.
Atascadero Unified will look at internal and external candidates to replace Superintendent John Rogers, who steps down in July.
According to county schools Superintendent Julian Crocker, the district could face plenty of competition.
“This is the season for superintendent searches right now,” he said. “If anything, Atascadero is a little later in starting the process.”
School board members voted March 1 to enlist the county Office of Education’s help in its search.
Crocker said the process typically involves four stages.
After defining the ideal candidate through conversations with teachers, administrators and other community members, the district will advertise its open position via the educational job search website Edjoin.
County education officials and superintendents will screen the applicants, recommending a few for in-person interviews.
School board members would then visit the top one or two finalists in their home districts before settling on their new superintendent.
Atascadero Unified is the third county school district to search for a superintendent in recent months.
San Luis Coastal Superintendent Erik Prater was hired in July from Contra Costa County. Former Riverside County administrator Joe Koski took over as Templeton Unified superintendent last month.
About 35 people applied for each job, Crocker said.
“Several years ago, it was not uncommon to get 70, 80 candidates for a district like Atascadero,” he said, noting that tough economic times mean fewer folks are willing to move their families to the relatively expensive Central Coast.
Still, Crocker added, “Atascadero is a very appealing district even given the horrendous fiscal situation they’ve had to face. It’s achieving in all areas.”
The district’s draws include a $117 million bond measure local voters approved in November for school renovation projects.
Crocker will ask the school board to adopt a strict search timeline at its March 15 meeting. He hopes to have a new superintendent selected by July 1.