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DATE:    May 15, 2019

FROM:   Sophia Layne, Governing Board President


Cabrillo Unified School District Governing Board Selects
Dr. Sean McPhetridge as Superintendent Finalist


Half Moon Bay, Calif. (May 15, 2019)—The Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Sean McPhetridge has been selected as the finalist for the Superintendent position. The Board will be requested to approve Dr. McPhetridge’s appointment at the May 16, 2019 Regular Board Meeting. He is scheduled to begin his position on July 15, 2019.

Press Release: New Superintendent (ENG and ESP)


DATE:    May 6, 2019

FROM:   Sophia Layne, Governing Board President


Selection of a Finalist for Superintendent, 
Cabrillo Unified School District


Half Moon Bay, CA –The Governing Board of Cabrillo Unified School District has selected a finalist for our new Superintendent. Pending a site visit to the finalist's district and contract negotiations, we plan to approve the Superintendent’s contract at our meeting on May 16, 2019, and to announce the selection prior to that meeting.


Press Release: Superintendent Finalist (ENG and ESP)

The Board of Trustees of the Cabrillo Unified School District is in the process of conducting a Superintendent Search for purposes of hiring the District’s next Superintendent. Peggy Lynch and Fred Van Leuven of Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, were selected to advise the Board in this important process.

Please check this webpage for ongoing updates and important announcements regarding this process.

La Mesa Directiva de nuestro distrito escolar está en el proceso de conducir una búsqueda ejecutiva para nuestro/a siguiente superintendente. Los consultores, Peggy Lynch y Fred Van Leuven de la agencia de búsqueda Leadership Associates, (Asociados de Liderazgo), han sido seleccionados para asistir en este proceso importante.

Por favor regrese a esté domicilio para obtener anuncios significantes tocante a este proceso.


Superintendent Description of Position

Survey Results 

Questions and Answers arising from Parent Advisory Committees

Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)/ English Learner Parent Advisory Committee (ELPAC) Official Questions May 7, 2019

Comité Asesor de Padres de Familia del Superintendente (PAC)/ Comité Asesor de Padres de Familia de Alumnos Aprendiendo Inglés (ELPAC) Preguntas Oficiales 7 de mayo de 2019


Timeline for Superintendent Search


MAR 2019
Phases 1-4

March 6 (5 PM)

Board meets with consultants and determines characteristics, skills & qualities desired in a new superintendent (Special Board Meeting); thereafter, Board publicly announces timeline and procedures for superintendent selection

March 7

Consultants meet with staff and community designated by Board to receive input; Online survey is posted to district website


Consultants identify potential candidates; Development and posting of recruitment materials and Position Description

March 18 & 25

Advertising and active recruitment; Ad appears in EdCal (two consecutive publications)

APR 2019
Phase 5

April 5, 5:00 PM

Deadline for applications

April 5-19

Consultants complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants

April 23 (3-6 PM)

Board meets with consultants, reviews all applications and selects finalists to be interviewed (Special Board Meeting)

MAY 2019
Phases 6-8

May 3 and 4

Board interviews finalists (Special Board Meeting)

Week of May 13

Board conducts site visit of selected candidate (Special Board Meeting if 3+ members in

May 16

Board approves superintendent contract at a
regularly scheduled board meeting

JULY 2019
Phase 9

July 1
(or as mutually agreed)

New superintendent begins



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