By Mary O’KEEFE
This evening at a special board meeting of the Covina-Valley Unified School District, Dr. Richard Sheehan will be announced as the district’s new superintendent. That will be a gain for CVUSD but a loss for Glendale Unified School District.
“It is bittersweet,” Sheehan said of his departure from GUSD. “I love Glendale.”
Sheehan took over the GUSD superintendent position after Dr. Michael Escalante retired in 2010.
Looking back, Sheehan said he has seen several changes in the district since he began as superintendent, from new technology in the classroom to the implementation of Common Core.
“When I took over as superintendent, the teachers were talking about going out on strike,” he said. “We had gone through the fact-finding process and were able to come to an agreement. [We now have] a positive working relationship between the teachers union and the district. That was huge.”
Although he enjoyed working in Glendale, his new job will really bring him back home. Sheehan attended schools from kindergarten to 12 in the CVUSD and his kids attend those schools now.
“And I will have a two-minute commute to work,” he added. The district office is three blocks from his home.
What this means for Glendale is a hunt for a new superintendent that begins immediately. At a special meeting tonight, the GUSD board will discuss hiring a search firm to reach out to qualified candidates.
Sheehan said the firm should be chosen by June 16 and the search will begin shortly thereafter. There will be community outreach to parents, community leaders, teachers and students to share what they would like to see in a new superintendent. Sheehan will be on hand through the schools’ graduations on June 3.
“My last day is June 30,” he said.
That does not mean the superintendent will be chosen by that date however.
“[The board] will go with an interim superintendent while the selection process continues,” Sheehan said.