Rancho Santa Fe School District board selects superintendent search firm

A former San Dieguito Union School District superintendent will help lead the Rancho Santa Fe School District’s process of finding a replacement for Superintendent Lindy Delaney, who will retire in July.

At the March 10 RSF School District board meeting, the board voted unanimously to hire the search firm of Leadership Associates, led by former SDUHSD Superintendent Peggy Lynch.

“I think she will work well with our community,” Delaney said of Lynch, who was superintendent of SDUHSD from 2001 to 2008.

“Having served the San Dieguito Union High School District for nearly seven years, I am familiar with the quality of the Rancho Santa Fe School District and am committed to assisting you in this very important decision,” Lynch wrote in her response to the district’s request for proposals.

Lynch and Leadership Associates’ process would include gathering input on the desired attributes of the new superintendent, advertising and recruitment, “carefully vetting the applications,” support for the interview process and assisting in finalizing the terms of the contract with the district’s general counsel Richard Currier.

Lynch wrote that she aims to help find a candidate that matches the ideals of the district which include strong academics; multiple opportunities for students from visual and performing arts; athletics and robotics; outstanding parent and community support; a tradition of stability and history; and students who are prepared for high school and beyond.

Leadership Associates’ proposed fee was $13,500.

Delaney said a timeline with specific details will be worked out with Leadership Associates and Currier, and will be brought back to the board for approval.

On March 10, the board met at 9 a.m. for a brief open session before heading to closed session. They returned to open session around 2:15 p.m. to discuss the search firms.

During closed session, the board also interviewed three internal candidates for the position of superintendent. Delaney said she did not wish to release the names of the candidates but said the board was fortunate to have several internal candidates who are passionate about the RSF School District. The candidates will be considered along with those brought forward by the search firm, Delaney said.