San Diego Unified postpones forums and other activities around superintendent’s decision because of COVID

The San Diego Unified School District has announced it is suspending its superintendent selection process amid the current COVID-19 surge.

Superintendent selection and all related events have been postponed for at least the remainder of January. The town has not announced any new date.

Postponed are three scheduled in-person events that were scheduled for Monday. They were meant to allow the public to meet and ask questions of the two finalist superintendents, current acting superintendent Lamont Jackson and Susan Enfield, superintendent of Seattle-area Highline Public Schools.

The school board was due to choose a new superintendent behind closed doors next week, but that will be delayed. The district also postponed its Jan. 18 state of the district address, which was scheduled to take place when the district had planned to officially announce its new superintendent.

“Dealing with this current outbreak of COVID-19 should be the number one priority for school and district personnel,” said Christopher Rice-Wilson, of Alliance San Diego and chair of the superintendent’s search committee, in a written statement. “There is no need to rush this research process and endanger our school community and our stakeholders.”

Harry L. Blanchard