The public will have 90 minutes to meet San Diego Unified’s 2 superintendent finalists

San Diego's interim Superintendent Lamont Jackson and Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield
San Diego Unified’s two superintendent finalists are interim Superintendent Lamont Jackson and Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield.
(UT File)

District will hold a forum on Saturday, Feb. 26


The public will have once chance to meet San Diego Unified’s two superintendent finalists before one of them is chosen for the job.

The district will hold one forum on Saturday, Feb. 26, giving the public 90 minutes to hear from and question the finalists, district officials recently said in a newsletter.

The two finalists are Lamont Jackson, the longtime district insider who is currently the interim superintendent, and Susan Enfield, superintendent of Highline Public Schools, a mid-size Seattle-area school district.

Originally the district had planned to hold three public forums in January at three schools, but the district cancelled them because of the Omicron COVID surge.

Now the district is planning one forum open to the public from 12-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Wilson Middle School, at 3838 Orange Ave. in San Diego near Normal Heights.

“It wasn’t any effort to limit the public’s participation. It was purely for health reasons and safety of all people concerned that we limit the number of sites and provide as much access as possible with safety and health at the forefront of our minds,” said Christopher Rice-Wilson, chair of the superintendent search committee.

On Feb. 26 there will also be two forums held in the morning for students that will not be open to the public, Rice-Wilson said.

During the public forum, the two finalists will present themselves and there will be some time when members of the public can ask questions, Rice-Wilson said. The exact logistics of the forums haven’t been finalized yet, he added.

Rice-Wilson said the search committee hopes that the district will live-stream and record the forum so people can watch even if they don’t attend. He said the committee also hopes the school board members will attend.

The district is asking people to RSVP by emailing, but an RSVP is not required. The school board had planned to select a superintendent in mid-January; now the board expects to do so in mid-March.