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San Diego Unified School District representatives flew to North Carolina to interview Terry Grier, superintendent of North Carolina’s third-largest school district, for the job of superintendent, according to the Greensboro News-Record.

Grier, the Guilford County Schools chief, was honored as North Carolina’s Superintendent of the Year last month. He confirmed his candidacy through a written statement. His statement is unusual because superintendent searches are normally completely confidential:

Reached by phone later, Grier said he met with the San Diego school board at its invitation. San Diego is “an intriguing place,” but he stressed no one has offered him a job yet.

“I want to be clear that I am not dissatisfied with my current position and enjoy working with our board of education,” Grier said.

San Diego board trustee Katherine Nakamura said Grier has “impressive credentials,” but she declined to say whether Grier is a finalist or when the school board will choose a replacement for its current superintendent, Carl Cohn.

According to the News-Record, Grier’s district is roughly half the size of San Diego Unified, and its budget is a quarter of San Diego Unified’s.

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