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Holtville candidate interviewed, but search for superintendent continues

July 13, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The Holtville Unified School District remains without a superintendent following a special board meeting last night.

For two months the district has searched for a new superintendent following the release of former superintendent Carlos Vega for yet undisclosed reasons.

In May, the board voted 4-1 to approve a more than $100,000 separation agreement with Vega.

Vega had been with the five-school district for three years, serving as high school principal for one year and superintendent for two.

Anne Mallory, a former Westmorland Union Elementary School superintendent, has served as interim superintendent since Vega's release.

To conduct its search for a new superintendent, the district hired the Imperial County Office of Education.

Last night's special meeting served as a second interview for a female superintendent candidate, said board president Bill Thornburg.

The interview was held during closed session.

The interviews are conducted by a five member community panel made up of residents appointed by the board. In addition, representatives from the teacher's union, administrative staff, ICOE Superintendent John Anderson, Mallory and the board were present.

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Thornburg would not comment on whether the candidate was local, her background or qualifications.

"The board is proceeding very cautiously, we want to make sure we get the right candidate," Thornburg said.

Though eager for a new superintendent, Thornburg said he is willing to take the time to find a qualified candidate.

"The board would like to see as many candidates as possible," Thornburg said

Should the current pool of applicants fail to produce a new superintendent, Thornburg said a second search would be conducted.

Depending on experience and qualifications, the position offers a starting salary of $100,000.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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