AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Los Angeles Unified, said the search process is ongoing. There was extensive outreach during the spring and summer after Romer announced he would retire this fall. Ott joined the 17,225-student Rowland Unified School District in July 2005 after working as a senior deputy superintendent under Romer for Los Angeles Unified for five years. “I expect to continue in the \ district, and with the school board and toward the priorities we set,” she said, adding she signed a four-year contract with the district and expects to fulfill that. Rowland Unified Board President Heidi Gallegos said she is flattered the superintendent was nominated for such a significant position. ROWLAND HEIGHTS – The top executive for Rowland Unified School District said she declined a nomination to serve as Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent. Superintendent Maria Ott interviewed with the Los Angeles school board before deciding to withdraw her name from a pool of candidates vying for the position held by Roy Romer, who will be retiring. “I was honored to be asked, but I am very focused on Rowland and the work we are doing here,” she said Wednesday. Ott declined to say when she withdrew her name or other details, including when she was nominated or when she interviewed. Los Angeles Unified officials would not confirm the number of people interviewed for the position. “She is highly regarded in the education community, and given her caliber, it is not a surprise that she was nominated,” Gallegos said. “Her decline of the position demonstrates the reaffirmation to the students, the board and the district.” Ott would not say whether she has future plans to serve as the superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified. “I don’t even want to speculate,” Ott said. “My focus right now is on the district.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!