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School District could have a new superintendent tonight

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

According to the latest Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board meeting agenda, the district’s five directors will decide to, “employ [a] new superintendent” this evening.

The candidate is reportedly Steve Jennings, superintendent of schools for the Paradise Unified School District.

Paradise, California is close to the city of Chico, and about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Although local board members would not comment directly to the Sierra Sun for this story, director Bill Kraus did tell Elizabeth Stevens, staff writer for the Paradise Post newspaper, “We were nothing but impressed by Steve and I really hope that he’ll become our superintendent.”

According to Stevens’ article, “Truckee wants Jennings; is he going?” published on Thursday, the “Tahoe-Truckee board members visited Paradise on Feb. 14 to meet with Jennings and spend the day touring the district.”

Stevens reported that “Kraus said Jennings was not actively looking to fill the position, but that he was recruited by a friend.”

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“We actively pursued him,” Kraus told the Post Wednesday.

In an e-mail correspondence Friday morning, Kraus told the Sierra Sun that no information would be released to the local papers until after the special board session, to be held tonight at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center in Truckee. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Kraus told the Post that, “[Jennings] has excellent people skills, grace under pressure and he understands the importance of quality education. He’s also involved in the community, which is important for a superintendent.”

Jo Lynn Wilson, superintendent of personnel, has served in the superintendent post as interim since July 2007. The district’s former superintendent Dennis Williams resigned suddenly after returning from quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Jennings did not return calls at press time as to what plans the Paradise Unified School district has to replace him.

Visit http://www.paradisepost.com/ci_8383480 to read Stevens’ article.