L.A. School Board Extends Deadline to Nov. 1 for Taking Surveys

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Board of Education pushed back the deadline for taking surveys to Nov. 1, offering the public four more days to describe the leader they want to run the nation’s second-largest school district.

The board, which intends to hire a new superintendent in December, hopes the extra time allows more people to give their opinion on the top job in the Los Angeles School District.

“We want to give busy parents and guardians every opportunity to weigh in with their thoughts on the superintendent search,” said Board President Steve Zimmer. “It’s vital to the integrity of the process that their voice is heard and that we as board members need to hear what they say.”

Halloween celebrations at schools sites often attract more parents and guardians for costume parades and student performances. During the day, Zimmer said, parents or guardians may use computer labs at schools to complete online surveys. Paper copies also will continue to be offered to parents to fill out.

Zimmer said he hopes to encourage high school students to take the survey as well. He added they have important views to provide, particularly since they have spent years in school, and have an insider’s perspective.

Although the survey deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the public forums will end on Wednesday, as earlier scheduled. Tomorrow, meetings will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Van Nuys High School Auditorium. A session also will take place at 7 p.m. at White Middle School in White Hall in Carson.

Anyone can take the survey, either online or on paper. Both options can be found at achieve.lausd.net/nextsuperintendent or at achieve.lausd.net/proximosuperintendente. The surveys printed out can be returned to any L.A. Unified school.

Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766