PALMDALE – Thirteen more candidates have applied for the job of Palmdale School District superintendent after the district extended the application deadline an additional 4 1/2 months. A total of 19 applicants will be screened and brought before the school board to consider, a search consultant said. “It’s a good response. We are very pleased with it,” consultant Robert Aguilar said. “It’s an attractive position in an area with potential growth.” Friday was the deadline to apply for the post. The district is seeking to replace former Superintendent Jack Gyves, who retired in June. Assistant Superintendent Roger Gallizzi has been serving as interim top administrator. Gallizzi was named to the interim post in July with a new superintendent expected by December. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! About 15 people had applied by the previous deadline, Oct. 20, but board members were told there were several people who missed the deadline and wanted to apply. Of the original 15, nine are no longer in the running because they did not submit a complete application, decided to stay at their current jobs or found employment elsewhere, Aguilar said. The current 19 candidates are either superintendents, assistant superintendents or associate superintendents, Aguilar said. Several are from out of state, and the majority are from California. Aguilar said he will meet with the board March 20 to discuss determining how many people to interview and when. Trustees have said they hope to have a new top administrator hired by the end of the school year. With the superintendent search taking longer than expected, the board in January gave Gallizzi a 10 percent raise, to an annual salary of $160,000.