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Introducing our Co-Interim Superintendents and Plans to Hire a Superintendent Search Firm


At the June 17, 2021 Special Board Meeting, the Board of Education interviewed interim superintendent candidates during closed session.  After careful consideration, the Board selected Dr. Alan Rasmussen and Mr. Richard Tauer to serve as co-interim superintendents until a permanent superintendent is selected.  Mr. Tauer and Dr. Rasmussen have over 40 years of experience in K - 12 education. They have both held the position of superintendent and have provided leadership as interim superintendents for several school districts. The unique advantage of having co-interim superintendents is that the District gains the talents and expertise of both individuals yet incurs no additional costs. 


Dr. Alan Rasmussen has 13 years of experience as a superintendent.  He has also served as an Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Educational Services, an elementary and middle school principal, and a classroom teacher. 


Mr. Richard Tauer has 3 years of experience as a superintendent and twelve years of extensive experience in Human Resources. From 2000 - 2008, Mr. Tauer served as Whittier City School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. He has taught at the elementary, middle, adult school, and graduate levels. In addition, he has served as a school principal as well as a director of state and federal programs and compliance. 


The Board of Education intends to engage staff and community members throughout the process of selecting a new superintendent to lead the Whittier City School District.  To provide assistance in this effort, the district will solicit proposals from firms that specialize in superintendent searches.  These firms will be asked to present their proposals at the July 28, 2021 Special Board Meeting.  On that date, presentations will occur in open session and a decision will be made in closed session.


After a firm is selected, the District will share the process that will be used to gather meaningful input from all stakeholders.  This input is critical to finding our next superintendent.  The Board of Education looks forward to engaging in this process with staff and community members.



Frequently Asked Questions


When will the co-interim superintendents start?

The planned start date for the co-interim superintendents is July 6, 2021.


How long will the District have co-interim superintendents?

It is anticipated that the co-interim superintendents will serve the District for approximately four months.


Does the District incur additional costs for having co-interim superintendents?

The District will not incur additional charges for having co-interim superintendents. They will work on different days and are paid for the days that they work. At no time will the District pay double for a single day's work.


When will the District select a superintendent search firm?

The Board of Education plans to select a search firm at the July 28, 2021 Special Board Meeting.


Who is responsible for leading the district until the co-interim superintendents start?

The Whittier City School District Assistant Superintendents will lead the district until the co-interim superintendents begin on July 6, 2021.


  • Dr. Hilda Flores, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
  • Ms. Jennifer Flores, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
  • Dr. Raquel Gasporra, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

For additional questions, please contact humanresources@whittiercity.net or 562-789-3074.

The Board of Education has begun the process of recruiting and appointing an Interim Superintendent that will temporarily lead the District until the next Whittier City School District Superintendent is selected. It is anticipated that the Interim Superintendent will serve the District for approximately four months. This will allow the District to work with stakeholders to conduct a rigorous search for the next Superintendent.
 
The Interim Superintendent will provide leadership and guidance through this transition period so that our students, staff, and community continue to thrive.
 
The Board of Education plans to interview candidates to fill this temporary position on June 17, 2021.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the District have an Interim Superintendent?
It is anticipated that the Interim Superintendent will serve the District for approximately four months.
 
When will the District select an Interim Superintendent?
The Board of Education plans to interview candidates to fill this temporary position on June 17, 2021.
 
When will the Interim Superintendent start?
The desired start date for the Interim Superintendent is July 6, 2021.
 
Who is responsible for leading the district until an Interim Superintendent is selected?
The Whittier City School District Assistant Superintendents will lead the district until an Interim Superintendent is selected.
  • Dr. Hilda Flores, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
  • Ms. Jennifer Flores, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
  • Dr. Raquel Gasporra, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
 
For additional questions, please contact humanresources@whittiercity.net or 562-789-3074.