- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin’s largest school district has appointed its first permanent female superintendent.

The Milwaukee School Board unanimously voted to appoint Darienne Driver to the position Tuesday. The 36-year-old has been serving as the district’s interim leader for three months.

School Board Director Michael Bonds calls Driver a “visionary” and says she will continue the district’s commitment to improving student outcomes. Her contract runs through June 2016 and she will be paid an annual salary of $245,000.

Driver will officially take over Wednesday for former superintendent Gregory Thornton, who resigned in June. She came to Milwaukee from Philadelphia in 2012 to become the district’s chief innovation officer.

Bonds says the board is calling off its national superintendent search. It had approved spending up to $250,000 to a search firm but now will only spend $11,000.

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