Keys (Fla.) Schools Hire New Supt.-- But the Current One Says He Might Not Leave

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Florida Keys have a new schools superintendent. But the current one says he might not move aside by the Aug. 1 start date.

Mark Porter of Minnesota was offered the job. Jesus Jara, the sitting schools chief, says he won’t leave unless he has a new job lined up.

Last week, the Monroe School Board pegged Porter, superintendent of South Washington County (Minn.) Schools, as its No. 1 choice. The board hopes to seal a three-year contract with Porter and have him in place in a month. But Jara, one of four finalists, could put a wrench in that.

Last Aug. 8, Gov. Rick Scott appointed him superintendent for a term to run until Jan. 7, 2013. He replaced Joe Burke, who resigned last year. Burke had replaced Randy Acevedo, removed from office in 2009 by then-Gov. Charlie Crist following his indictment on misconduct charges.

Acevedo was the last elected Keys schools superintendent, elected to a four-year term in 2008. In 2010, voters said yes to the following referendum question: "Shall the school superintendent of Monroe County be employed by the district School Board upon expiration of the current superintendent's term?"

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