The board for the West Contra Costa Unified School District unanimously selected Kenneth “Chris” Hurst, Sr., Wednesday as the District’s next superintendent.

The board of trustees approved a three-year contract that begins May 17 for Hurst, who currently serves in the same role in the Othello School District in southern Washington.

“We are thrilled with Dr. Hurst’s background, experience, and readiness to hit the ground running here in our District and help us to the next level,” board President Mister Phillips said. “His acumen in social justice, equity, and focus on accelerating student achievement here is impressive. His approach to collaborative leadership and knowledge of teaching strategies, as well as community involvement, are just what we need here in West Contra Costa.”

According to a district statement issued late Wednesday, the board’s vote followed a six-month search process that included more than 50 listening sessions with students, families, staff and community stakeholders. The district also gathered more than 6,000 responses from the community on the next superintendent’s qualities and qualifications.