The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has begun the process to select a new district superintendent and is seeking public input in the effort.

With current Superintendent Tim Cuneo scheduled to retire in June, board members are asking community members what characteristics they would like to see in a new superintendent. This input will be used in recruiting and selecting candidates.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback regarding the personal and professional qualities that are desired for an incoming district superintendent.

In order to collect input from members of the community, representatives will be holding public input sessions in Santa Monica Tuesday, Feb. 1. The simultaneous sessions are scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grant Elementary School auditorium, 2368 Pearl St., and the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, 1501 California Ave.

Peggy Lynch and Michael Escalante of Leadership Associates, who were selected to advise the Board of Education in the selection process, will be in attendance at the meetings.

No appointment is necessary to attend and participate in the public input sessions, where ideas from the public will be heard and information about the search process will be shared.

Those who are unable to attend any of the public input sessions, but would still like to share their thoughts, may send a fax to (949) 461-9119 or an email to, or