The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board on Nov. 14 approved an RFP, request for proposal, for a search firm to find a new school superintendent.

And the district wants a bid back before the December school board meeting.

Loyal Carlon, the district’s director of Human Resources, told the board he would post the RFP on the district site and send it to about six or seven search firms in the state. He said the firms would have until Friday, Dec. 8, to submit their written proposals.

Board members Dan Gustafson and Britta Johnson will act as a screening committee and choose the top two or three search firms for the entire board to interview on Dec. 14 in a public meeting.

The search is to replace former Superintendent Louann Carlomagno, who stepped down the end of June. Former UCLA Chancellor Charles Young was named interim superintendent in July.

Carlon isn’t sure how much it’ll cost the district to hire a search firm, but he said a rough estimate for a district Sonoma’s size could be in the $20,000 to $30,000 range.

The new superintendent would start on July 1, 2018.