Summerville High looks for new chief

By Union Democrat staff January 29, 2013 07:15 am

Summerville Union High School District will host a forum at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the school library for the public to speak up about the district’s superintendent search. 

The new hire will fill the position now held by John Keiter, who is retiring June 30 after 10 years at Summerville High and six years as a “shared superintendent” for Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District. 


The Feb. 5 forum will be an opportunity for the public to speak on what they want in their next district leader. The feedback will guide advertising for the position, Keiter said. 

He expects interviews to wrap up in April and a selection to be made in May. 

Final decisions on hiring are made by the Summerville High School Board of Education. 

The school is seeking a full-time superintendent, meaning they will not follow Keiter’s footsteps in working as a “shared superintendent” for Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District. 

Twain Harte-Long Barn’s Board of Education has no public details yet on plans to replace Keiter. 

Summerville is proceeding with its search process in spite of a recent proposal to study the benefits of merging Sonora High into one school district.

Even if the study showed benefits to joining with Sonora High, the actual merger would be “years away,” Keiter said. 

At small school districts, superintendents have wide range of responsibilities that include managing personnel and overseeing curriculum. 

They answer to school boards and are charged with carrying out board members’ decisions.

Summerville High passed an $8 million bond measure in November to pay for upgrades to its campus. The next superintendent will oversee the construction projects, which board members would like to focus on sports facilities and technology upgrades. 

The district is using its website to give further opportunity for public input on the superintendent search. A form for feedback is available at

For more information, contact the Summerville Union High School District office at 928-3498.