PITTSBURG -- This city's school district is poised to hire a longtime administrator from the San Francisco Unified School District as its next superintendent.

The district is negotiating a contract with Janet Schulze, Pittsburg Unified trustee Laura Canciamilla said Thursday. The Pittsburg school board will consider ratifying her appointment at Wednesday's meeting.

Schulze is currently San Francisco's assistant superintendent of high schools, where she leads the implementation of the district's strategic plan for 20 comprehensive, alternative, court and county high schools, Canciamilla said.

Schulze would replace Linda Rondeau, who is retiring effective June 30 after four years at the helm of Pittsburg Unified. Rondeau's retirement was surprising, and triggered the hiring of a consulting firm to get the ball rolling quickly on finding a replacement and reaching out to all district stakeholders, Canciamilla said.

Pittsburg whittled the field to two strong candidates, but Schulze's background as a middle school teacher, working in districts with a diverse student population and dealing with achievement gap issues, tipped the scales.

"We just thought it was a real good match," Canciamilla said.

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If you Go
What: Pittsburg school board meeting
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: District board room, 2000 Railroad Ave.
Details: The school board is expected to ratify the appointment of Janet Schulze as the next Pittsburg schools superintendent.