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WVUSD Parents Urged to Complete Superintendent Search Survey

Superintendent Dean Conklin plans to retire in June and the district is searching for his replacement.

WVUSD Parents Urged to Complete Superintendent Search Survey

Parents of children in the Walnut Valley Unified School District have until April 1 to weigh in on the effort to find a new superintendent.

A search firm hired to find a replacement for retiring Superintendent Dean Conklin has made a survey available for public input.

To access the survey, click here.

Conklin, 57, announced in December that he plans to retire in June.

The 33-year educator took the helm of Walnut Valley Unified in January 2011.  He returned to Walnut after five years as superintendent of Duarte Unified School District.  His base salary is $215,000, which does not include a stipend, car allowance, and other benefits.

Before moving to Duarte, Conklin spent 12 years in Walnut, where he served as an assistant superintendent.

“When I came to Walnut Valley as a superintendent, I committed that I would stay here until my retirement from public service,” he said.  “I am proud of what I accomplished in my career, especially my 15 years in Walnut Valley.”

On Feb. 20, the Board of Trustees voted to approve a $24,000 agreement with Leadership Associates to conduct the search.

What qualities should the district's new superintendent possess? Tell us in comments.

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