The Hemet Unified School District is in the process of recruiting a new superintendent to replace Dr. Barry Kayrell, who announced his retirement in January. A meeting to discuss the process will be held in Idyllwild next week.

Several weeks ago, the board hired McPherson and Jacobson LLC from Omaha, Nebraska, to find qualified candidates and screen them for the board to interview and select Kayrell’s successor. The board would like to schedule interviews the week of May 9 and a decision at the May 17 meeting.

The application deadline is April 19. During the interim period, M&J is holding meetings throughout the district to solicit and collect ideas from parents and constituents about criteria for making the selection.

M&J will be in Idyllwild next week. A meeting to describe and discuss the recruitment process and criteria will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Idyllwild School.

Kayrell began his tenure as HUSD superintendent in October 2012. After retirement, he is a candidate for the Riverside County Board of Education from the 7th District, which includes Banning and Beaumont, where he also served as superintendent.