In a closed meeting on Feb. 7, the Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees narrowed its list of applicants for superintendent from 75 to eight.
Board members will begin interviewing the final applicants at the end of this month and will make a final decision by mid-March, said school board member Debbie Byron.
The board began searching for a new superintendent last November after Patricia Lamson, who has been superintendent since 1990, announced her decision to retire in April.
Byron said finding an applicant with the qualifications to supervise the district's 23 schools and approximately 15,000 students is a "tremendous task."
The community has helped the board compile a list of applicant qualifications, Byron said. More than 400 district staff members and parents attended six public meetings where they made suggestions and submitted surveys, she said. The district summarized these qualifications in its Leadership Profile Report.
Byron said the board is searching for someone who is an educational leader.
"I think it's really important to have someone with a vision for quality education and who really looks out for the children," Byron said.
Lamson said the school district has always stayed abreast of the community's needs during her 25 years there as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.
"I hope the new superintendent will stay connected with the community," Lamson said.