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School board delays naming interim chief

CHARLES TOWN – The Jefferson County Board of Education met privately in executive session Monday but delayed naming an interim superintendent of schools until next month.

Board members now say they’ll select a replacement for Susan Wall on Dec. 8. “We want to move forward,” board President Scott Sudduth said during Monday’s meeting.

During the board’s executive session, members discussed possible candidates and their qualifications, Sudduth said.

Wall announced last month that she would retire Dec. 31. The board plans to name a replacement to finish out the 2014-15 school year, then conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.

According to state law, the position cannot be advertised until the superintendent has formally left the job, Sudduth said.

In the search, Sudduth said he will concentrate on two important qualities. “Leadership and innovation,” he said.

Wall worked as a math teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent before becoming acting superintendent in mid-2007.

She accepted the permanent position April 28, 2008.

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