LBUSD’s HR-led committee to narrow down 27 applicants to top three for school board seat

The Long Beach Unified School District has received 27 applications to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education, according to a press release issued Monday by the district. The deadline to file applications was 4pm on Friday, March 2.
The school board had decided Feb. 7 to fill the vacancy by appointment, using an application, screening and interview process.
The District 5 seat on the five-member board became vacant Jan. 25 when board member David Barton resigned because of health concerns. District 5 includes much of East Long Beach and Lakewood, including Millikan and Lakewood high schools.
The school board is scheduled to make the appointment during a special board meeting set for 9am on Friday, March 23. Once appointed, the new board member would complete the remainder of the District 5 term, which will expire in July 2014.
First-round interviews of the applicants will be conducted by a committee that includes a teacher and a representative of support-staff employees, along with representatives of the school district’s management association and the Long Beach Council PTA. Facilitating the interview process will be Ruth Ashley, assistant superintendent of human resource services. Because of the volume of applicants, this committee will also conduct second-round interviews of six finalists before recommending three top candidates to the school board.

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