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Two choices for second slot in Pasco school district administration

The days are winding down for Ruth Reilly, the Pasco school district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She's officially retiring a week from Friday, after 37 years with the system including four as second in command.

That leaves a big opening in the administration for superintendent Heather Fiorentino to fill. She's given herself two choices from a dozen applicants.

Fiorentino has interviewed assistant superintendent-secondary Tina Tiede and leadership development director John Mann to take the post, which oversees a variety of projects such as Race to the Top, common core standards and school accountability. Both Tiede and Mann have served the district for decades in several posts, including teacher and principal. Each also has secondary level experience, which many in the district have suggested is needed in a division that has been dominated for years by elementary-level educators.

No outside candidates were seriously considered. The job has gone to someone from within the district since its inception. 

It's possible that Fiorentino could name Reilly's replacement as early as Friday, to provide some time for a smooth transition. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 3:39pm]


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