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The search for the next superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District may take longer than expected.

The CUSD Board has hired a new search consultant, Leadership Associates of La Quinta, to find a new superintendent. Previously, the district hired a national search firm to replace current Superintendent Joseph Farley, who will be retiring at the end of June.

The board met in special session Sunday, May 18, to make the hire. The district’s contract will pay the company $26,000 for the search, with $13,000 coming at the start and the rest at the time of the hire. The company will also provide leadership training to board members.

CUSD Board President John Alpay indicated the new consultants would likely focus mainly on California candidates.

The district may appoint an interim superintendent, perhaps from among current staff, to fill the leadership post until the time a permanent candidate can be found.

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