TPS Board discusses superintendent succession planning at March 18 special meeting

The Tacoma Public Schools Board of Directors began superintendent succession planning with a special meeting March 18.

The Board scheduled the meeting after Superintendent Carla Santorno notified the School Board Monday, March 15, that she intends to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

During the meeting the Board voted unanimously on two agenda items:

  1. Board President Andrea Cobb recommended the Board to meet in Executive Session to evaluate the qualifications of Deputy Superintendent for the position of Superintendent.
  2. President Cobb recommended the Board accepts Superintendent Santorno’s retirement notification and that the Board and Superintendent Santorno agree she will serve as a Transition Officer during the 2021-2022 school year to support her successor.

The meeting was livestreamed and recorded. View a recording of the meeting.

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