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State Schools Chief to be Supt. for Day

Taking the helm at this year’s Principal for a Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 14 will be honorary Superintendent for a Day Jack O’Connell, the state’s superintendent of public instruction.  O’Connell will job-shadow Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.  Both superintendents will speak at a noon debriefing reception at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach.

The Superintendent for a Day is the ceremonial and inspirational leader of the annual event when business and community leaders become principals for a day at elementary, middle and high schools to observe students, teachers and the operations of California’s third largest school district.

O’Connell has visited Long Beach schools on several occasions to learn more about their successful practices.  Earlier this year he visited LBUSD to highlight the district’s effective use of data to improve student achievement.

O’Connell was elected to a second four-year term as state superintendent of public instruction in June 2006.  He was the only statewide official to be elected in the June primary election, after earning more than half of all votes cast in a field of five candidates.  He was first elected to serve as California’s state superintendent in November 2002, earning more votes than any other contested candidate in the nation.

Co-chairing this year’s event are Mike Murray, president of the Long Beach Education Foundation, and Henry Fung, immediate past president of the foundation.  Murray also is a government and communications director for Verizon, and Fung is associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Cal State Long Beach. 

For more information, call 997-8054.