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Finalist for superintendent withdraws from consideration

Updated Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 | 4:16 p.m.

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One of three finalists in the search for a new Clark County school superintendent has dropped out to take a job in Florida, his home state, School Board President Terri Janison said Monday afternoon.

James Browder, superintendent of Lee County Public Schools in Florida, informed her that he had accepted a position at a community college, Janison said.

The Naples (Fla.) Daily News reported that Browder has accepted a position at Edison State College in Florida. He will serve as vice president of operations.

Janison said she was informed of Browder's decision shortly before noon and the other six board members were informed afterward.

Browder had drawn attention at last week's school board meeting because his low-income, heavily Hispanic district has a 78 percent graduation rate. Clark County has a 50 percent rate.

Janison said the board will consider another candidate at its meeting Thursday.

A Wednesday meeting with community groups and interviews with the school board on Thursday will continue as scheduled.

The remaining candidates are Dwight D. Jones, the Colorado commissioner of education, and Michael Hinojosa, a school superintendent in Dallas for the past five years.

The board plans to have a new superintendent named by October.

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