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Originally published: 2013-04-09 13:33:21
Last modified: 2013-04-09 13:50:00

Board to move slowly on superintendent search

The Board of Education plans to move slowly on its next superintendent search, meaning a new leader will not likely be named before next school year, Chairman Lee Warren said Tuesday.

As second-in-command, Assistant Superintendent David Fonseca will likely fill in through July 1, Warren said. The board may announce an interim superintendent to begin after that date -- either Fonseca or another person, he said.

"There will not be a search process at this time," Warren said. "We'll talk more about that probably, maybe June or July. ... We're going to take our time and hopefully, we'll find what we need in this county."

Warren said Fonseca has graciously offered to do anything he can to help at this time and has not asked for additional compensation for the duties. The board may reconsider that in the future, he said.

The board said little publicly about the matter Monday at the first meeting since the school system announced a contract buyout for Superintendent David Kafitz.

He and the board announced in a joint statement March 28 that they had agreed to an $186,110 buyout after complaints about Kafitz's behavior arose from community members.

Kafitz agreed to assist with the transition throughout April before taking vacation leave in May, according to the school system. He was absent from Monday's meeting.

The board also did not consider a couple of agenda items Kafitz was slated to present.

Kafitz was scheduled to offer a plan to reduce spring break in 2014 from five to three days, as well as a plan to institute a new parent survey. The board deleted the calendar issue from the agenda and tabled the survey discussion.