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Rocklin Unified continues search for new superintendent

By: Toni Arnés, Placer Herald correspondent
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At a special board meeting held Feb. 20, Rocklin Unified School District received feedback from community groups as it continues its search for a new superintendent.

Collected by consulting firm The Cosca Group during a recent series of meetings and public forums, the feedback will help the district identify its strengths, its critical needs and issues and the qualities and characteristics desired in a superintendent.

“What do we do with this? Why is it important?” asked consultant Donald Remley. “It helps us build a candidate profile, then the district can move forward.”

When asked what qualities he would like to see in his successor, Kevin Brown, who has served 17 years as RUSD superintendent, responded to the Herald via email that he would like to see an individual who values the contributions of each member of the organization.

“But most of all, this individual must be truly committed to ensuring that every child has the resources, opportunities and support services to be prepared and ready for college/career after leaving our District,” he said.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, The Cosca Group will present a brochure sample to the board for final approval.

A statewide advertising campaign will begin March 4 and end April 12. Applications will be screened by the consulting firm and the board. Final candidates will be interviewed April 26-27, and a visit to the finalist’s district is scheduled for April 29, according to Mia Swenson, executive assistant to Brown.

The new superintendent will be announced by the first week of May.