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Superintendent Search Gets Helping Hand
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Stanislaus County's Office of Education is prepared to help Riverbank Unified School District find a new superintendent for no more than the cost of printing and advertising in personnel publications.

Barbara Tanner, the Office of Education's human resources director, made a presentation to Riverbank trustees on Feb. 21, outlining what the county office could do for a low cost compared with Riverbank hiring a private personnel-finding company.

Superintendent of Schools Ken Geisick is due to leave his current post on April 20 to join a private educational research company in Santa Ana. Assistant Superintendent Daryl Camp has been promoted to interim superintendent.

Tanner estimated if work to find a new superintendent could get under way by mid-March, the appointment would be made by mid-May and the new superintendent assume the post by July 1.

The office has recently done similar work for the Knights Ferry, Salida and Newman-Crows Landing school districts.

Tanner explained her office would have fliers and advertisements printed and published in technical magazines such as EdCal, review applicant information and contact the applicants so they could be interviewed by the board.

The office would charge only for the actual costs of printing and placing advertisements. The only service it would not perform, which a private personnel company might, would be organization of public meetings or forums for the public to meet candidates, Tanner said.

'Head hunting' firms generally serve the larger school districts and might advertise outside California besides within the state, she added.