Schools Seek Input on Next Principal

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The school district began soliciting input from parents and staff about the qualities they envision in a new Laguna Beach High School principal even as recruiting for a successor is underway.

The process began with the distribution of online surveys this week, which were sent to parents district wide as well as to LBHS staff. Joanne Culverhouse announced her exit last month, taking a more senior post as assistant superintendent in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She joins Don Austin, her predecessor as principal of LBHS, who was recently hired as the Palos Verdes superintendent.

LBHS teachers and staff will have the opportunity to provide input in a forum with district administrators, says a district statement. Laguna Beach PTA Council will sponsor two parent meetings, Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Both meetings will be held at the LBHS Library.

The position, with a salary range of $153,429 to $173,970, is currently posted on the Edjoin website with a closing date of Sept. 12. Several rounds of interviews will occur and will include panelists representing numerous stakeholder groups, such as parents, teachers, support staff and administrators, the district statement says.

The recommended candidate will be considered at a future school board meeting.

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