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Superintendent Search In Next Phase
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Three community sessions have been hosted and now the search for a new Escalon Unified School District Superintendent has entered the next phase.

"The next step is that the county is preparing a brochure advertising the position," explained current Superintendent Dave Mantooth, who will retire next year. "They are going to bring that to the board at the Dec. 8 meeting."

School board members are slated to review the brochure and other information in closed session, going over the particulars of what the district is looking for in the next superintendent.

Mantooth said district officials and board members alike were pleased with the input sessions hosted at school sites around the district over the past couple of months.

"We feel they went very well," he said. "We also had a lot of participation in our survey. The board feels they are right on target as to what they're looking for."

Community input sessions were offered as a way to get local residents involved, seeking their thoughts on what qualities they want to see in a superintendent. From there, the board, working with the San Joaquin County Office of Education, developed the 'blueprint' for the position. Assistant County Superintendent Gary Dei Rossi has taken the lead role in working with the board on the search process.

"It is going to be a big change," Mantooth admitted of bringing a new superintendent on board, after having been under the team leadership of longtime superintendent Bob Wallace with Mantooth as his assistant, then Mantooth moving in to the top spot when Wallace retired.

"I think once they start doing interviews it will seem very real," Mantooth said of the pending change.

If the board approves the plan being mapped out by the county, advertising will begin in January, seeking applicants for the district's top post.

"The deadline will be toward the end of January and the first interviews will probably be in February," Mantooth said.