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Update: SCSD School Board Slated to Appoint New Interim Superintendent

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SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras

SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras

(Update, July 13) – The Syracuse City School District School Board is slated to appoint an interim superintendent at its board meeting July 13.

Reportedly, SCSD Superintendent Sharon Contreras will also submit her resignation during the meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m Wednesday.

Contreras announced she would move to a North Carolina district last month.

The board will discuss the interim appointment during a closed session at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to reports, prior to the public meeting.

Contreras will start her new position in North Carolina on Sept. 1.

(From June 29) – Syracuse City School District School Board President Derrick Dorsey said Wednesday he will attempt to convene all seven members of the school board to devise a plan going forward, following the announcement of superintendent Sharon Contreras’ move to a North Carolina district.

“We are going to be transparent in the process moving forward,” Dorsey stated.

According to reports, Dorsey said the board’s initial discussion will likely focus on finding an interim leader for the district. He reportedly mentioned SCSD chief operations officer Jamie Alicea as a potential candidate for the position.

Dorsey, a Contreras supporter, voted to extend her contract for one year in December, and, according to reports, he was surprised to learn she would be leaving.

“Dr. Contreras left a legacy here, and one of the key indicators is the improvement in graduation rates,” he stated.

According to Dorsey, several school board members are unavailable this week, due to the July 4 holiday; however, the board’s next scheduled meeting will be July 13.

(From June 28) – Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras will reportedly be named the new superintendent of the Guilford County School System in Greensboro, North Carolina June 28.

Contreras had been one of 27 potential candidates for the position, and, according to reports, is the only remaining finalist for the position.

The Guilford County Schools school board is expected to vote on her appointment this evening.

Guilford County serves over 72,000 students in 127 schools, and is the third largest school district in the state.

According to the Post Standard, Guilford’s previous superintendent received a salary of $250,000, which would be an increase from Contreras’ current salary, which is $214,322.

Contreras joined the city school district in 2011, and last year received a one-year extension of her contract, following a controversial 4-3 vote by the SCSD school board.

She reportedly said she may consider pursuing other options, following the vote.

Guilford County Schools officials planned to have the position filled by July 1.

View the full statement from SCSD regarding Contreras’ appointment, below:

“Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras has been named the sole finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools in the Guilford County School system in Greensboro, NC.

Guilford County Schools is the third-largest district in North Carolina, serving more than 72,000 students across 127 schools in urban, suburban and rural areas.

The Guilford Board of Education is expected to vote on the appointment of the new Superintendent this evening at their board meeting.”

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