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The San Diego Unified school board now plans to announce its three finalists for its new superintendent a week from today, two days before those finalists greet the public at a community forum.

It was expected to announce the finalists today.

District spokesman Bernie Rhinerson said the school board is still interviewing candidates after a superintendent search committee made of parents, community members and labor representatives sent it two more names last night, after the school board extended the deadline for the search.

The search committee earlier gave five names for potential superintendents to the school board, fewer than the seven it was originally supposed to send along. School board members said that by extending the search, they hoped to lure more applicants, who may have been dissuaded from throwing their hats in the ring because they believed the current interim superintendent, Bill Kowba, had a lock on the job.

San Diego Unified is undergoing a more open process for finding its superintendent this time around. Three finalists will be publicly vetted before the school board makes its final choice this summer. The forum is currently scheduled for next Thursday, June 17 from 6pm to 9pm.

— EMILY ALPERT

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