The Hollister School District is down to two finalists for the open superintendent job, but one trustee said a trio of new board members could hold up the hiring process.
The school district last Friday interviewed six candidates for the superintendent job to replace Dr. Lisa Andrew, the former head of local schools who resigned last summer for an education nonprofit position after two years in the role. The district hired Dr. William Barr as an interim superintendent as a bridge between Andrew and the new person.
Trustee Robert Bernosky said the recruitment is narrowed to two finalists, and the board will interview those candidates Saturday. He said an official hiring won’t happen, though, until further due diligence. Bernosky mentioned standard follow-up like a background check, but additionally said the district’s two unions want to visit respective schools where the finalists are now. He said that’s also the preference of three new trustees elected in November, Carla Torres-Deluna, Jan Grist and Stephen Kain.
“Everybody seems to think it’s normal,” Bernosky said. “I don’t know that I would welcome visitors and that kind of stuff. That’s what they want.”