The Board of Education will likely announce the identity of the new superintendent of schools at a special meeting scheduled for next Monday.

The timing of the announcement depends on how quickly the district can wrap up contract negotiations with the individual, who was selected after a series of interviews, background checks and site visits, said Board President Jose Escarce.

“It’s been a process that took a little bit longer than we had hoped,” Escarce said, but asserted that the board was confident in its choice.

The board announced that it had narrowed its candidate pool down to one several weeks ago, but Escarce would not confirm whether or not the individual the district is trying to sign is the same person.

If the person accepts the district’s contract, he or she will take over the reins of SMMUSD on July 1.

A nationwide hunt for a new superintendent began in September 2010 when current Superintendent Tim Cuneo announced that he would be leaving the position in June 2011.

The SMMUSD board hired a firm to conduct the search in January.

Cuneo has led the district since 2008 through a tumultuous time marked by cuts in state funding, a failed attempt to pass a parcel tax and a grassroots effort to try to raise money to save teachers’ jobs.

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