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Second-in-command spot open in Pasco school district

As she steels herself for her reelection campaign, Pasco schools superintendent Heather Fiorentino also faces the task of picking a new chief deputy to help run the district.

Ruth Reilly, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction since 2008, retires at the end of the school year, rounding out her 37-year career with the district. Reilly regularly sits in for Fiorentino whenever she is unavailable, just as others in the post have done for the current and past superintendents.

Applicants have until Tuesday to submit all the necessary paperwork. (Job ad here.) Already there's been speculation about which current administrator might get the nod. (No offense to outsiders, who still might apply.)

Assistant superintendent-elementary schools Dave Scanga had been considered a leading hopeful. But the question remains, would his personal relationship with a textbook company sales representative create conflicts of interest on key areas he would have to oversee?

Assistant superintendent-secondary schools Tina Tiede, respected for her no-nonsense approach to resolving problems, could be a contender if she's wanting the position. Talk within the district ranks has been that someone with middle and high school experiences should have a go at running the curriculum and instruction divisions after years in the hands of elementary educators.

That sentiment also could benefit longtime middle school principal Beth Brown, who recently joined the district team as its secondary schools executive director and has been getting positive reviews.

Another name that keeps bubbling to the surface is that of John Mann, director of leadership development and communications. Fiorentino hasn't hesitated to put added responsibilities on Mann's plate, and she might turn to him yet again. 

Hearing any other possibilities? Who else might be a worthy applicant? 

[Last modified: Friday, May 11, 2012 12:06pm]


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