School board seeks new superintendent

It’s better to start preparing now, Lassen Union High School Superintendent Bill McCabe told the board of trustees about finding his replacement.

McCabe, who has been serving as the superintendent/ principal, is set to retire in June 2019, and he encouraged the board to start thinking about the hiring process now to find his replacement.

“If you wait too long, you’ll regret it,” McCabe said during the Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting, adding interviews should take place around March. He posed two ways for the board to conduct the search; in-house, or using a firm to handle some of the aspects of the search.

Ultimately, although some on the board did not like the idea of paying a firm to handle the hiring process, the board directed staff to send out a request for proposals to various hiring firms. Then, once the quotes are received, the district could go through them and see what various aspects of the process they would like a firm to handle.

During the discussion, the board also mentioned its desire to have both a community and professional panel review the candidates. The matter will come back before the board at a later date.

The board hired McCabe in 2014. Prior to his hire, he served as the superintendent of Aromas-San Juan Unified School District in Hollister, California since 2009 and prior to that, he served as superintendent of Yosemite Unified School District from 2005 to 2009.