St. Paul schools names Silva as new superintendent

7:42 AM, Nov 24, 2009   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- After a five-month search, the St. Paul Public Schools has a new superintendent.

The St. Paul School Board chose Valeria Silva Monday evening as the preferred candidate to head the school district. Contract negotiations are expected to start immediately. Silva beat out two other finalists.

"She is the candidate who mostly closely matched the leadership characteristics desired of our next superintendent," said Board Chair Kazoua Kong-Thao.

Silva is familiar with the St. Paul school system. She started with the district as a teacher and worked her way up to her current position as the district's Chief Academic Officer.

Silva will replace Meria Carstarphen, who accepted a job as the superintendent of schools in Austin, Texas earlier this year.

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