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ROSAMOND — Southern Kern Unified School District’s search for a new superintendent could be complete after two months.

The governing Board is scheduled to consider ratifying a contract with the new superintendent Wednesday night.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Rosamond Elementary School cafeteria, at 3082 Glendower St.

“We are still in negotiations; I really can’t give you anything at all right now. It may be pulled off,” Board President Mario Gutierrez said Monday.

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools conducted the search on behalf of the cash-strapped District. Thirty-three people submitted an application. The county education office narrowed it down to 22 applicants, which were then presented to the Board. Out of the 22 applicants the Board narrowed it down to six. Those six were interviewed on March 30.

“Then we did another round (of interviews) of the top two,” Gutierrez said.

The identity of the potential new superintendent will not be revealed until after a contract is finalized.

The District has been without a permanent superintendent since last July when former Superintendent Jeffrey Weinstein resigned to take a job with the Oxnard Union High School District. Last year the Board appointed Leanne Hargus, the district’s assistant superintendent of Educational Services, to serve as interim superintendent.

 Gutierrez said he was pleased with the number of superintendent applicants the District received as well as the quality.

“The quality of applicants was higher than the ones we got for the last search,” Gutierrez said.

The county education office previously con­ducted a su­per­in­ten­dent search for Southern Kern eight years ago after former long­time Superintendent Rod­ney Van Norman’s con­tract was not renewed. As it did this year, the county waived its $5,000 search fee because Southern Kern strug­gled financially at the time.

The Board hired Kent Taylor, former director of aca­demic programs and high schools with Rial­to Unified School Dis­trict, in June 2011. Trus­tees marked his one-year an­niv­er­sary with a con­tract extension through June 2015. Taylor left the dis­trict in October 2012 to serve as the state-ap­point­ed administrator of the then-financially-troubled Ing­l­ewood School District. Tay­lor “resigned” after two months on the job after state officials found out he signed a financial ag­reement with the teachers union without authority.

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