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Superintendent Search

June 26, 2018


Oceanside Unified School District Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Julie Vitale to Superintendent Post


Tonight, the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education appointed Dr. Julie Vitale as the next superintendent for the district. Dr. Vitale will begin her tenure as superintendent on July 1.  


Vitale is a lifelong champion of students and currently serves as the superintendent of Romoland School District, a nearly 4,000-student elementary school district located 22-miles south of Riverside, CA, where she increased the achievement for English
Language Learners and students living in poverty. She succeeds Dr. Duane Coleman, who will retire as of June 30.


"Dr. Vitale’s leadership and proven track record is a welcome addition to our district,” said Board of Education President Ann Corwin. “She will bring a new perspective to the district and is committed to seeing students flourish in our schools and in the community.”


With more than 26-years of experience in education, Vitale has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district administrator. Her service in education includes tenures as an assistant superintendent at Monrovia Unified as well as school site and district leadership positions at the Corona-Norco Unified School District. She is also an adjunct professor at Concordia University.

“I look forward to working with the Board of Education, district and site leaders, teachers, staff, the community, and most importantly, students and their families, on moving the district in a positive direction,” said Vitale. “I believe everyone has something to offer and it is my personal mission to engage people in meaningful and rewarding work for the good of students.”


Vitale was selected by the Board of Education by a 5 to 0 vote. Her salary will be $250,000 with benefits in the amount of $18,635 per year. Additionally, she will be eligible to receive a $7,090 stipend for earning a doctoral degree.

Superintendent Leadership Profile

At a Special Board meeting on May 16, HYA and Associates presented a Superintendent Leadership Profile.

Key Dates

  • June 26: Appointment of Superintendent

  • Week of June 18: Second Round of Interviews

  • Week of June 11: First Round of Interviews

  • Week of June 4: Screening Panel Interviews

  • May 16: HYA and Associates presented the Superintendent Leadership Profile to the Board of Education 

  • May 7: Community Input Survey Closed 

  • May 7: Community Input Session 

  • May 3: Community Input Session 

  • May 3: Staff Input Session

  • April 25: Community Input Session 

  • April 24: Focus group meeting with OUSD Leadership and Cabinet 

  • April 20: Focus group meetings with labor union Executive Councils

  • April 3: Individual meetings with OUSD Board of Education members

  • April 2: Community Input Survey Open 

  • March 20: Board of Education approved Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) as consultants in the superintendent

Superintendent Survey

The Oceanside Unified School District Board of Education asked for community input on the appointment of a superintendent for the district.


OUSD, parents, families, and the community were asked to participate in a superintendent survey. The short online survey asked for perceptions of the district as well as what characteristics make up an effective superintendent.


The survey data will be compiled by the superintendent search firm, who will ensure that individual responses are kept anonymous and confidential. The information collected will be used to determine the desired characteristics of OUSD's next superintendent.


HYA and Associates will present the Leadership Profile to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 9 a .m. in the District Office Board Room. 

Community Input Sessions

Community Input session took place on:

  • Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

    • Mission Elementary School 

    • Multipurpose room

    • 2100 Mission Avenue 

    • Oceanside, CA 92058

  • Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.

    • Chavez Middle School

    • Multipurpose room

    • 202 Oleander Drive

    • Oceanside, CA 92057  

  • Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.

    • El Camino High School

    • Truax Theater

    • 400 Rancho del Oro Drive

    • Oceanside, CA

Focus Group Meetings

OUSD will be hosted focus groups for specific stakeholder groups. Below please find a listing of the focus group meetings. 

  • Tuesday, April 3: Individual meetings with OUSD Board of Education members

  • Friday, April 20: Focus group meetings with labor unions Executive Councils

  • Tuesday, April 24: OUSD Leadership and Cabinet 

  • Thursday, May 3: Staff Input Session, Chavez Middle School MPR

Board Approval of Superintendent Search Firm

On March 20, 2018, the OUSD Board of Education approved the firm of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, as its consultants in the search for a new district superintendent.

Click here to see March 20 Board Agenda Item.

Dr. Joseph M. Farley, and Dr. Rudy Castruita, of Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates will be the lead consultants in the search for a superintendent search.