- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle School Board has voted 5-2 to keep interim chief Larry Nyland as the permanent leader of the Seattle school district.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/NLUOw0) that the board initially thought it would conduct a national search after former Superintendent Jose Banda left Seattle to take a job with the Sacramento Unified School District. However, Sharon Peaslee and other board members have said they think Nyland’s background in other districts makes him a good fit for Seattle.

School board President Sherry Carr praised Nyland not only for his “last 17 weeks in Seattle Public Schools but his past 40 years in education.”

The 66-year-old Seattle native ran school districts in Marysville and Pasco before retiring in 2013. He has led the Seattle district on an interim basis since August.

Wednesday’s vote authorizes Carr to negotiate a contract with Nyland. The board will vote on that contract in January.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com


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