Rancho Santa Fe School District receives proposals from firms aiding superintendent search

The Rancho Santa Fe School District board continues to weigh its options when it comes to selecting a search firm to assist the board in finding a replacement for Superintendent Lindy Delaney, who will retire at the end of the school year.

At a special meeting on Feb. 25, Delaney reported that the district sent out about 14 requests for proposals to search firms and they received five back. Delaney recommended the board narrow it to the top two they would like to interview.

The proposals received ranged in cost from $13,500 to $16,000. Delaney said her top choices were Leadership Associates, led by former San Dieguito Union School District Superintendent Peggy Lynch and Dave Long and Associates.

All of the board members said they wanted more time to review the firms’ proposals.

Trustee Marti Ritto said knowledge of the Rancho Santa Fe School District will weigh heavily in the board’s decision.

“Having people that are already familiar with our community is really helpful when going forward with the search,” Ritto said.

RSF School District Board President Tyler Seltzer said he leaned toward firms that offered more of a “custom fit” in their search methods and RSF School District Board Vice President Todd Frank said he wanted to see more detail in what tools would be used for outreach to constituents.

“That’s a very important part of what we ask them to do in my mind,” Frank said of gathering public input.

The board will continue to review proposals and bring back the top firms that they would like to interview and possibly move forward with.

According to the RFP (request for proposal), the board is looking for a firm that would assist in the solicitation of public, parent and staff input regarding the criteria for its new leader, help with advertising the vacancy, help review applications received and assist with candidate interviews.