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School District appoints interim principal of San Marcos High School

Dr. Rundhaug is appointed interim principal

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UPDATE: [5/23/2018 at 5:05 p.m] The Santa Barbara Unified School District has appointed Dr. Richard Rundhaug as the interim principal for San Marcos High School.

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Board voted 4-1 to appoint Dr. Rundhaug as interim principal according to a press release. Dr. Jackie Reid, Wendy Sims-Moten, Ismael Paredes Ulloa, and Kate Parker voted in favor and Laura Capps voted against the appointment.

A committee of nineteen-panel members participated in the interview of Dr. Rundhaug. Seventeen of the panel members were SMHS stakeholders including a multi-disciplinary team of teachers, a counselor and classified staff, 2 assistant principals, and 4 parents. According to the press release, after a 90-minute interview, the committee voted unanimous in support of Dr. Rundhaug serving a one-year interim term as principal of San Marcos High School for the 2018-19 school year.

Dr. Rundhaug will begin his contract on July 1, 2018.

Dr. Rundhaug has served multiple school districts in Arizona as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, director, principal and teacher for over twenty-eight years. In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Rundhaug has taught graduate level courses in education, educational law, school finance, and statistics.

The District says Dr. Rundhaug has extensive experience with leading and building positive relationships and culture within school districts and schools. 

The District says they will initiate their search for a permanent principal for San Marcos High School in February 2019.


The Santa Barbara Unified School District says they will interview a single candidate for a one-year interim principal position at San Marcos High School on May 17.

Superintendent Cary Matsuoka says that even though the application window for the principal position at San Marcos High School was extended through May 1, the candidate pool was "of insufficient quality to conduct a full interview process." 

A new strategy has now been put in place to find a one-year interim principal to serve the 2018-2019 school year. Matsuoka says this will allow the district time to prepare for a broad search for a permanent principal starting in early spring 2019. Leadership Associates has been hired to assist in the hiring process.

A committee of 20 people will conduct the interview with 14 staff members from the high school, four San Marcos High School Parents, Assistance Superintendent of Secondary Education Shawn Carey, and Cary Matsuoka. 

"We are committed to finding the right leader who can bring some healing and stability for San Marcos High School," said Matsuoka.

In a subsequent email to the parents, Matsuoka says that the district has reviewed several candidates for the interim position, but only one candidate will be interview on May 17.


The Santa Barbara Unified School District has created an advisory committee to help in the hiring process for a new principal for San Marcos High School.

The school district superintendent, Cary Matsuoka, sent out an email to parents Wednesday night giving them an update on the process for a new principal. Matsuoka says the position was posted for four weeks and closed on Wednesday, April 11. Only five candidates applied. The school district has reopened the application through May 1.

An adhoc committee has been created to help in the hiring process. The email says the committee is a combination of teachers and parents who will meet weekly.

Here is the full email:

Dear SMHS Staff and Parents,

We wanted to provide an update on the hiring process for the next principal for San Marcos High School.  As you may know, the position was advertised and posted for four weeks. The advertised position closed on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and we only had five candidates who applied.  We reopened the application window through May 1, 2018, all with the goal of recruiting a strong candidate pool.  

In the meantime, we created an adhoc advisory committee to serve as a sounding board in regard to the hiring process.  The committee has a combination of teachers and parents who will meet weekly.  We will provide an update on the hiring process in early May.

Sincerely,

Cary Matsuoka
Superintendent


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