Natomas Seeks Input On Superintendent Hire

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The Natomas Unified school board seeks public input in the quest for a new superintendent – its second nationwide search in two years to fill the district’s top post.

Public meetings will be held today, Nov. 16 at both Natomas and Inderkum high schools. Community members are encouraged to attend these meetings and share what criteria they would like to see in the person hired to lead the school district.

Information on the search and hiring process will also be covered at today’s sessions.

Leadership of the embattled Natomas school district has been in flux since Dr. Steve Farrar announced hisretirement in August 2009.


Plough’s brief tenure as Natomas superintendent was plagued by stalled labor talks, money troubles and a possible state takeover.

Citing the uncertainty of her job (standard practice is for state receivers to oust sitting superintendents when a school district goes bankrupt), Plough quit after less than a year to take thesuperintendent post in Santa Clara earlier this year.

Since then, retired school superintendent and education consultant Dr. Walter Hanline to lead the district on an interim basis until a new superintendent is hired.


Today’s community forums are set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Inderkum High School theater, 2500 New Market Drive, and 6 p.m. To 7:30 p.m. in the Natomas High School theater, 3301 Fong Ranch Road.

The sessions will be led by Jim Brown and Larry Aceves from Leadership Associates, the Mission Viejo firm hired by theschool board to help with the superintendent search. 
Brown and Aceves are meeting with some individuals and small groups all day today leading up to the community forums. For more information about the individual and small group sessions , call the district office at (916) 567-5401.

Public input on the hiring process can also be submitted by letter, e-mail to [email protected]or telephone at (760) 771-4277.

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