Lodi Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Odie Douglas is one of three finalists for the position of superintendent at Stockton Unified School District, where he attended kindergarten through ninth grade.
“That is a part of my heritage,” he said of Stockton schools. “If becoming superintendent were to happen, it would bring my life full-circle.
“I know the community, and still have family in the area.”
The district is searching for a new superintendent after Tony Amato was fired in September, following an investigation into mishandled school funds.
Trustees plan to have a replacement in place by the time school starts July 27.
Board representatives plan to visit the communities of each prospective candidate next week — something Douglas said could work to his advantage. A closed-session vote to select the new superintendent is scheduled for July 13.
Douglas interviewed Thursday and felt it went well.
“It was nice to interact with the board,” he said of the hour-long interview. “I guess I’ll just wait and see what happens.”
The LUSD school board has eliminated Douglas’ position as associate superintendent to save money and essentially demoted him to assistant superintendent of secondary education. At that time, he made public his desire to further his career as a superintendent.
Last school year, Douglas earned $164,275 as associate superintendent.
He was hired by Lodi as associate superintendent in 2005 after two years as principal at Franklin High School in Elk Grove. He served in that district as an administrator for 24 years, including a stint at Florin High School as vice principal and principal from 1984 to 1992.
Douglas replaced Rich Ferrara, associate superintendent of K-12 instructional services, who retired after 32 years with the Lodi district.