THOUSAND OAKS : Public's Help Sought in Educator Search

The search is on for a superintendent in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, and the public will be asked to provide suggestions at a meeting this afternoon.

A consultant hired by the school board to conduct a national search will meet with anyone interested in discussing the district's strengths and weaknesses from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Glenwood Elementary School in Thousand Oaks.

The consultant, Leland Newcomer, already has met with hundreds of district employees in recent weeks, he said. After the public meeting, he will help the board develop a list of qualities sought in a superintendent.

"I'm sort of a talent scout and marriage broker," said Newcomer, a former educator who has worked as a consultant trouble-shooting and conducting superintendent searches for 10 years.

The board will make the selection by mid-June if things go as scheduled, Newcomer said.

Supt. William Seaver will retire July 1 after six years at the post.

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