TUSD scrambles to find new leader one month after Sanchez resign - Tucson News Now

TUSD scrambles to find new leader one month after Sanchez resignation

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Southern Arizona's largest school district could finally be getting a new leader.

Tuesday, March 28, marks exactly one month since Dr. H.T. Sanchez resigned from the Tucson Unified School District.

Governing Board President Michael Hicks tells Tucson News Now he asked members to take a couple of names of people they think could be up for the job to Tuesday night’s meeting.

Hicks said the board could vote then on the interim position, and that person could stay on as superintendent.

Board Member Adelita Grijalva said the district has been running, but there are things that still need to get done.

”The community is asking for answers and I don’t have any to give them because we haven’t talked,” Grijalva said.

Employee contracts and the district's budget have all been disrupted as TUSD tries to find a new leader.

Both Grijalva and Hicks say they are concerned with how slow the process has been.

The board was set to nominate an interim superintendent two weeks ago, but that person backed out before the vote.

The new interim superintendent the board votes on Tuesday will not only have to take the reins months before the school year ends, but they will also join a school board that's trying to find common ground. 

"It's really just crisis mode and unfortunately at some point because we're in this situation, we're going to have to deal with the immediate concern but also start talking about the long-term implications,” Grijalva said.

Hicks said the health of the district his is priority.

"It's my goal to get the best superintendent that we can that will help us move this district forward, and it's my goal to make this district a great district," he said.

Tucson News Now will be at Tuesday night's board meeting.

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