The Standard School District board of trustees has named Paul Meyers the lead candidate for its superintendent opening.
Meyers is the superintendent of the South Bay Union School District, a district in Eureka, Calif., with about 850 students. If confirmed, Meyers will take over a district with roughly 2,981 students in grades kindergarten through eight in the Oildale area.
Standard's board is slated to vote on a new superintendent at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at 1200 N. Chester Ave.
"Paul Meyers was selected as our finalist from an outstanding field of candidates. His experience and credentials are well-matched with what we need in Standard School District as we move our district forward in partnership with our community," board President Steven Ruettgers said in a statement issued Wednesday.
"Paul's extensive experience in instructional leadership and strong partnerships with employees will be a tremendous asset in providing leadership as our district continues its focus on academic achievement and expanding technology opportunities for our students," Ruettgers added.
The superintendent vacancy was created by the departure last school year of Kevin Silberberg, who now leads the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Karen Cox was named interim chief administrative officer during the search for a successor.
Meyers began his career as a teacher in Bear Valley Unified School District in the San Bernardino Mountains in 1983. He became the school counselor at Big Bear Middle School in 1995. In 1998, he and his family moved to Sacramento, where he worked for the California Department of Education as an education programs consultant. After relocating to Humboldt County in 2003, he served as the principal of Ferndale Elementary School and co-administrator for the Ferndale Unified School District.
He became the superintendent/principal of South Bay in 2010. The district has two elementary schools, a K-12 charter and a K-8 charter.
Meyers is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, with two master's degrees from Cal State San Bernardino -- one in school counseling and another in school administration.
He lives in Ferndale with his wife and two of his four daughters, who range in age from 11 to 19. The two older children are away at college.