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MUSD Draws Strong Candidates for Superintendent Position

March 22nd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

After completing an exemplary career as an educator and Superintendent of Monrovia Unified School District, Dr. Louise Taylor will be retiring at the end of the current school year.  As she begins her well-deserved retirement, the Monrovia Schools face the challenge of filling the vacancy.
The Board of Trustees of the Monrovia Unified School District announced earlier today that the application period for candidates interested in the superintendent position ended last Friday, February 13th.  Thus, the board members are currently reviewing the applications submitted by the 33 candidates for the position to determine which candidates’ experience and backgrounds best match the specific needs of the Monrovia Schools.  According to the two consultants who are assisting the Trustees in the search process, identifying excellent candidates for the position will not be difficult.  The number and quality of applicants for the superintendent position in the Monrovia Unified School District  is the strongest applicant pool that The Cosca Group has experienced in the history of the Group’s existence.  Dr. Frank Cosca, one of the two consultants, is “thrilled at being able to bring to the Trustees such a talented and qualified group of applicants.”
The 33 candidates represent educators from both Northern California, as well as the Southland.  There are candidates from four states other than California.  The vast majority of the candidates have earned doctorate degrees from distinguished institutions, including Harvard, USC, UCLA, Claremont Graduate School, University of Kansas, University of La Verne and Seattle University.  In addition, 26 of the applicants are currently serving as superintendents or assistant superintendents in public school districts throughout the nation. The candidates are evenly divided between male and female applicants.
Although the Trustees of the Monrovia Unified School District will be reading all applications to determine which candidates best meet the needs of the District, an expert panel of former school superintendents will also evaluate the candidates’ credentials.  After selecting the top candidates, background checks will occur, interviews will be held and a visit to the successful candidate’s school district will be scheduled by the Board of Trustees.  It is expected that the Trustees will announce the name of the new superintendent and introduce the educator to the Monrovia community in April.

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