San Diego Unified postpones forums, other activities around superintendent decision because of COVID

San Diego Unified School District announced it is placing its superintendent selection process on hold amid the ongoing COVID-19 surge.

The selection of the superintendent and all related events have been postponed for at least the rest of the month of January. The district did not announce any new dates.

Postponed are three planned in-person events that were scheduled for Monday. They were supposed to allow the public to meet and ask questions of the two superintendent finalists, current interim Superintendent Lamont Jackson and Susan Enfield, superintendent at Highline Public Schools in the Seattle area.

The school board had been expected to choose a new superintendent in closed session next week, but that will be delayed. The district also postponed its Jan. 18 State of the District address, which was to be when the district had planned to formally announce its new superintendent.

“Dealing with this current COVID-19 surge should be the number one priority of school and district staff,” said Christopher Rice-Wilson, of Alliance San Diego and chair of the superintendent search committee, in a written statement. “There is no need to rush this search process and endanger our school community and stakeholders.”

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