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Schools to discuss superintendent search

William Ferchland

The search to find a permanent superintendent for Lake Tahoe Unified School District will commence tomorrow at the tail end of a board meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

While no action is expected to be taken, the five-member board will likely discuss the route it wishes to take.

The current head of the district, Lorraine Garcy, was hired in the summer on an interim basis. Garcy, who was recommended by the county office of education, signed a seven-month contract that began in September.

Garcy took the reins from Diane Scheerhorn. Scheerhorn filled the superintendent role four years before accepting a similar position in Orange County. During her tenure, Scheerhorn saw the district shrink in size from declining enrollment which necessitated deep budget cuts.

The district is down another 300 students, equating to an estimated $1.5 million deficit that has to be confronted before next school year.

A search typically takes a minimum of four months. It will likely peak during spring and summer when potential applicants begin their job hunt.

Garcy has said she will not apply for the permanent position, citing other commitments. Yet she will stay on board if a campaign for a parcel tax election is beyond the seven-month contract, which twilights in March.

In addition, Garcy will present information on available dates for a special parcel tax election during her superintendent’s report.

Since the board voted last week to bypass a March 8 election to achieve a better understanding on the community’s tax tolerance, Garcy investigated dates friendly to a special election.

According the El Dorado County Elections Department, school elections needing two-thirds voter approval “may be called for any Tuesday that does not fall within 45 days on either side of a statewide primary or general election.”

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