Grossmont Union High School District

On January 19, 2024, Superintendent Mary Beth Kastan announced that she will retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year after serving 37 years in the Grossmont Union High School District.
 
The Grossmont Union High School District Governing Board is in the process of conducting an Executive Search for the District's next Superintendent. Leadership Associates, an executive search firm, was selected to advise the Board in this important process. 
 
Updates will be provided on this webpage throughout this process. 
 

Community Input Survey

Community Input Survey

The anonymous online survey, open from March 4 - 15, has concluded. We wish to thank the students, staff, parents, and individuals from the community who participated. Your input was invaluable in developing and refining the position description that will be used in this Superindentent search. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

 1)    How does the search process work?
The Board is working with Leadership Associates to conduct a rigorous, nationwide search. The Board will seek, receive, consider and review all input from the community, review all candidate applications, interview those candidates determined by the Board and select the new Superintendent. 
 
2)    When will the new Superintendent be hired?
The Board will approve and publish a timeline which will reflect these details. Please check back if the timeline is not yet posted. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.
 
3)    How and when do parents and other educational partners weigh-in?
The Board will be soliciting input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next Superintendent via an online survey and input conference sessions. 
 
4)    When will the District share the collected input with the public?
All information gathered will be presented to the Board and then compiled, summarized, and incorporated into the Superintendent Position Profile / Description, which will be published here following Board review.
 
5)    Who will make the final selection?
By law, the Board is solely responsible for hiring the new Superintendent. The Board will seek, receive, and consider all input from the community, review all applications, interview those candidates determined by the Board, and select the new Superintendent.
 
6)    How can the public follow this process?
Updates regarding the Superintendent search process will be posted here. The Board will also provide updates at its regularly scheduled board meetings and future press releases.
 
7)    Can we find out who is applying?
All application materials, including the names of applicants and any other personally identifiable information, are confidential under law.
 

Application Process and Deadline

Application Process and Deadline

This position is no longer accepting applications, as the application deadline of 5:00 P.M. on April 1, 2024 has passed. 
 
Superintendent Position Description:
 
 
 

Official Timeline

Official Timeline

FEBRUARY 2024: Preliminary Phase 
February 12: District receives proposals
February 15: Board Selects Leadership Associates
 
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2024: Community Engagement
February 22: Initial Meeting with the Board; Board determines characteristics, skills & qualities desired in new superintendent. 
March 4 - 15: Online survey dates
March 13 - 14: Consultants confer with staff and community designated by the Board to receive input
 
MARCH - APRIL 2024: Advertisement and Recruitment
March - April: Consultants identify potential candidates; Development and posting of recruitment materials and Position Description
March 11 & 18: Advertising and active recruitment; Ad appears in EdCal, (Two consecutive publications)
April 1: Deadline for applications (by 5:00PM)
 
MARCH - APRIL 2024: Interviews and Selection
March - April: Consultants complete comprehensive reference and background checks on applicants
April 8 - 19: Board receives individual access to confidential applicant portal
April 19: Board confers with consultants, reviews all applications and selects candidates to be interviewed (Closed Session 1:00PM - 4:00PM)
April 24: Board interviews candidates; selects finalist(s) (Closed Session - all day)
 
APRIL - MAY 2024: Contract Approval
April 29 - May 3: Board completes the validation process of the leading candidate and makes final determination
May 9:  Board approves superintendent contract at a regularly scheduled board meeting
 
JULY 2024: Start Date
July 1 (as mutually agreed): New superintendent begins