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School board chooses search firm

Company to find candidates to replace district leader

After being granted additional time to choose one of three search firms, the school board chose Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, Ltd.(HYA) in a special workshop meeting held last Friday.

Trustee Valerie Arkin presented research to the board, saying that HYA received the most positive feedback over RJ Gatti Associates and Leaderships Associates. Of the positive feedback, Arkin said people who used HYA enjoyed good communication, workshops, transparency, help with drafting the contracts and creating informal settings with the candidates.

Complaints about the other companies Arkin reported were a lack of confidence, poor communication and only bringing forward two candidates.

The board members unanimously voted to choose HYA, adding that Arkin and board president Chris Grant would negotiate the final agreement. Grant said they are just starting with a proposal from HYA and expects a contract to be signed by the end of the month.

The next school board meeting was moved from Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, with an anticipated start time of 7 p.m.

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Posted by Daniel Bradford
a resident of Foothill High School
on Nov 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm

May I ask how much the Board has agreed to pay Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, Ltd. to search for a new PUSD superintendent, and what the target date is for the firm to conclude its search and present a list of candidates to the Board?


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Posted by Emily West
Pleasanton Weekly staff reporter
on Nov 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Emily West is a registered user.

The board members were hoping to negotiate with HYA, and since a final contract has not been signed, there is no payment agreement. As Chris Grant said, he expects the final contract to be finished up by the end of the month. I'm sure the firm will disclose a plan of action once the contract is signed.


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