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School District to select new superintendent Wednesday

Updated Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 | 5:49 p.m.

The Clark County School Board voted today to decide next Wednesday on a new school superintendent.

James Browder, the Lee County superintendent in Florida, dropped out Monday to take a job at a community college in Florida, his home state.

One of the remaining finalists, Michael Hinojosa, the Dallas school superintendent, had his contract extended today.

The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday evening that the Dallas School Board voted 5-4 to extend Hinojosa’s contract for an extra three years.

The Morning News described the vote as a “ largely symbolic” show of support because his contract lasts until 2012.

There was no immediate word from Hinojosa whether he would stay in Dallas.

The other finalist, Dwight Jones, the education commissioner in Colorado, appears to have broad support and there might be efforts to keep him.

The board voted 7-0 not to seek and interview a third candidate.

The board had said at the beginning of the search in the spring that it wanted to hire a candidate by mid-October and wanted him in place by January, before the state Legislature began its session in February, since it holds the purse strings for schools.

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