BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - The discussion of naming an interim superintendent for the Manatee County School District took center stage, first at a workshop on Tuesday afternoon and then at the school board meeting later that night.
"I think it's imperative that we go through a full process and choose the right person, but I think Cynthia Saunders is that person," said John Colon, a Manatee County School Board member.
School board members will now enter into negotiations with Saunders to officially become Interim Superintendent, following their 4 to 1 vote in favor of naming her to the position. Current Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene has accepted the superintendent job in Duval County. Her last day in Manatee County is June 30th. Cynthia Saunders, who has worked alongside Greene as Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services, is the person a lot of the residents support as well.
"I've come to know her as a very methodical yet decisive decision maker and that's what we need right now," said Dr. Richard Conard, a Bradenton resident.
In addition to Saunders, the other names that were being tossed around included Dr. Susan Agruso Chair for the Manatee County Audit Committee and Doug Wagner, Executive Director for the Adult, Career and Technical education for the school district. Board members say the interim superintendent will have a huge responsibility while the search for a permanent superintendent takes place.
"We don't want to turn around, we don't want to have any breaks in leadership," said Colon.
A formal announcement on the interim superintendent is expected to happen in the coming days. Saunders would have to be in place and ready to go by July 1st.