The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education announced Monday the start of a community outreach effort to gather input and public opinions about the search for a new superintendent to replace the retired Austin Beutner.

Megan K. Reilly has been serving as interim superintendent since Beutner’s contract expired June 30.

The outreach effort will target students, parents, school staff and residents, making use of a 20-question survey available in nine languages and formats, along with a series of focus groups and both virtual and physical “listening sessions” held in each of the board’s seven districts.

The survey is available online in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Armenian, Tagalog, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian. It will be distributed via e-blasts, social media, text-2-survey, and direct engagement at school sites, according to the district.

The search team will also conduct 135 site visits across the district to encourage completion of the survey. The survey will also be distributed through community-based organizations, religious groups, student groups, parent teacher associations, labor unions and other relevant groups.

The board also plans to convene eight focus groups, including representatives of student groups, parents, administrators, teachers and classified staff.

Once the community outreach effort is completed, a report will be compiled and released to the board and public — serving as a guide to developing the job description, identifying potential candidates and ultimately selecting the next superintendent.

Board members have set a timeline that includes candidate recruitment in the fall, and the selection of a new superintendent by winter.

More information is available at achieve.lausd.net/suptsearch2021.

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