Seattle searches for new school superintendent

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2003

SEATTLE (AP) City School Board members have agreed on a national search to find a new superintendent but not on a timetable for finishing the job.

The panel decided Monday night to move as quickly as possible in starting the search for a successor for Joseph Olchefske, who is leaving Oct. 15 amid a $35 million deficit and questions about his educational leadership.

Some on the seven-member board want a decision on a replacement by the end of August, others said the search could take another year and there was no consensus on whether to name an interim superintendent.

A longer wait is a little like having your house on the market for a long time,'' Barbara Schaad-Lamphere said. It begins to look stale to potential buyers.

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