MUSD Narrowing In On New Superintendent

By EGP News Report

After nearly two years without a permanent superintendent, it appears the Montebello Unified School District may be close to filling the position. Four potential candidates for the spot are scheduled to be interviewed on Saturday, May 19.

The candidates will meet with the school board, and a decision could be made soon thereafter. Recruitment firm Dave Long & Associates was contracted to conduct the candidate search.

In the meantime, the city is being run by two interim superintendents, Cleve Pell and Robert “Bo” Henke, both of whom were already serving as assistant superintendents when former superintendent Edward Velasquez left to head the Lynwood School District. Considered a cost saving measure, each assistant superintendent received a $25,000 raise to their salary when they were promoted, bringing their annual salary up to $189,000.

The salary for the vacant position is being advertised as negotiable. According to Assistant Superintendent Michael Cobarrubias, the four candidates come from districts within California, and some could be from outside of the Los Angeles area. Each of the candidates currently serves as a superintendent or assistant superintendent.

The district’s job advertisement requested that the candidates have at least a master’s degree if not a doctorate, experience in a multi-cultural setting, and bilingual language skills. MUSD serves 32,000 K-12 students and 30,000 adult learners; and is 94 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian or Pacific Islanders, 2 percent Caucasian, and 1 percent other ethnicities.

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May 10, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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