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AUSD gets new CFO

Submitted by on 1, September 24, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Last night, Tim Rahill became Alameda Unified’s new chief financial officer. Rahill’s previous post was assistant superintendent for administrative services at the Martinez Unified School District.

He is a Benicia High School and UC Santa Barbara grad, according to his profile on LinkedIn, and it looks like he also worked for several years for the Dixon school district, as business services director and as assistant superintendent for business services. The district’s HR chief, Laurie McLachlan-Fry, said he is “an experienced business person” who has worked in several districts.

Rahill replaces Luz Cazares, who left over the summer for a job in the Pleasanton schools.

Meanwhile, the board is pressing forward with its superintendent search. They got a whole bunch of feedback from the community on what we want in a superintendent. In addition to a keen grasp of school finance, community involvement, leadership abilities, the ability to operate in a multicultural environment and to help bridge achievement gaps, the consultant said people she interviewed mentioned “bulletproof” and “willing to rock the boat” as desired qualities.

The board is slated to interview candidates in mid-November, a few weeks after an election in which three board seats (and maybe a fourth, if Tracy Jensen gets elected to the City Council) are up for grabs.

In summary? By January, the district’s leadership will be put back together in one big, bright, brand-new piece. Stay tuned.

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