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Announcement on new CUSD superintendent comes May 6

by Mick Rhodes | mickrhodes@claremont-courier.com

Claremont Unified School District’s search for a permanent superintendent is in the home stretch, with an announcement expected in just two weeks.

The district will announce its decision, the by-product of a months-long search involving an executive search firm and a whole lot of vetting, at its regular meeting of the Governing Board on Thursday, May 6.

“I am pleased to share that the Board of Education is on schedule in completing the steps of a rigorous selection process to bring a new Superintendent of Schools to CUSD,” said President of Claremont Unified School District Board of Education Nancy Treser Osgood in an email to the COURIER. “The application window closed on March 31 and the Board and ESS search advisers are extremely pleased with the caliber of the applicants.”

The school board has been reviewing the submissions while extensive vetting was conducted to identify candidates who will be invited to participate in a confidential interview.

The district’s interim Superintendent of Schools Julie Olesniewicz has repeatedly declined to comment on whether or not she is seeking the position.

The board is looking to replace well-regarded former superintendent Jim Elsasser, who resigned in October 2020 to take a job with Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.

“It is anticipated that a selection will be made from this stellar group, and an appointment and employment agreement will be on the agenda of the Regular Meeting of the Governing Board on Thursday, May 6,” Ms. Treser Osgood said.

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