Search underway for PUSD superintendent; public input sought

Plumas Unified School District is beginning the search for a new superintendent in the wake of Terry Oestreich’s decision to retire next year, and wants public input in the process.

The school board hires the superintendent and has selected the executive search firm of Leadership Associates to help conduct the search. Part of the process is to solicit public input, and an online survey is posted on the Plumas Unified School District website for the public to access. Click here.

The online survey is open from now through Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. This is the public’s opportunity to share input on the qualities and experience desired in the next superintendent. It takes about 10 minutes to provide input.

Superintendent Terry Oestreich announced last year her intention to retire in 2022. She has served as superintendent since March of 2016, after serving as the interim superintendent for eight months, following the resignation of then superintendent Micheline Miglis.

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The school board also used Leadership Associates in the selection process before hiring Oestreich, and public input was also solicited. Based on feedback from parents, staff and community members, the district was looking for someone who was a collaborative leader and who is familiar with and committed to PUSD’s mission, vision, core values and community.

“Internal and external candidates were considered. After a rigorous screening and interview process, and with a highly competitive field of candidates, Oestreich was chosen as the best fit for our district,” the board said in its statement at the time.

Oestreich, who has lived in Plumas County most of her life, began her career in the school district as an instructor and supervisor for the Regional Occupational Program, and has served as director of Technology, Alternative Education, principal at Pioneer Elementary, director of Career Technical Education, director of Classified Human Resources, and assistant superintendent of Human Resources, as well as interim superintendent.