FAIRFIELD — School board trustees began interviews last weekend to find a successor for Superintendent Jacki Cottingim-Dias, who is retiring in June.
The Fairfield-Suisun School District Board of Trustees spent all day Saturday interviewing candidates for the position that will be vacated June 30, said Perry Polk, board president. The meeting was closed session and nothing was reported.
Polk said he couldn’t discuss many details of the search process, given that it is a personnel issue. He did say that three people were invited to interview, but wouldn’t confirm how many actually were interviewed.
He said the next scheduled interview is Feb. 9, but wouldn’t say if that was a new batch of candidates or a follow-up interview.
“We have outstanding candidates and are very pleased with the interviews we have done. We can’t discuss when we will make a decision,” Polk said. “We anticipate this will move us further along in the right direction.”
Polk said that plans are to hire someone prior to Cottingim-Dias leaving so there will be an overlap to help the new hire adjust. He said that hiring someone before June 30 will not be an indication of forcing Cottingim-Dias out early.
Cottingim-Dias announced her retirement at a September board meeting, saying she stayed a couple of extra years to finish several projects and get through major budget cuts. She will end a 42-year career in education, with the past five with Fairfield-Suisun.
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