AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’They said the district is in capable hands under interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi, the former assistant superintendent for personnel and a 17-year district veteran. “They are looking for the widest possible range of candidates. The board realized this is the most important decision a board has to make on behalf of school district,” said Gallizzi, who took the interim post with the understanding he would not seek the permanent appointment. “The board feels there is no urgency. There is no reason to get in someone real fast and make a hurried decision.” The 15 who applied will remain in the applicant pool. The majority work in California as superintendents, associate or assistant superintendents, or directors, officials said. Palmdale is seeking to replace former Superintendent Jack Gyves, who retired at the end of June. Open-mindedness, good communication skills, and an ability to work with a diverse community were some of the attributes desired in a new superintendent, according to input taken at a community forum. The person should have experience working as an administrator and teacher in a large district, and being able to speak Spanish also would be good, residents said at the forum. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – To get the broadest range of candidates, Palmdale School District trustees have decided to extend the deadline to apply for the job of superintendent. About 15 people applied by the previous deadline, Oct. 20, but board members were told that there were several people who missed the deadline and wanted to apply. “In all fairness, what we would like to do is see if we can get those people to apply. It gives us a bigger range of candidates to evaluate,” board president Sheldon Epstein said. “We would like the field to be increased a little more. We are looking for the best match for the district. If we have to extend the timeline, that’s what we’ll do.” The date of the second deadline has not been set, and trustees said they were in no particular hurry to find someone.