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Richland School Board Launches Search for New Superintendent

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RICHLAND, Wash. -The Richland School board has started putting out feelers for a new superintendent.

The school board fired Jim Busey last month after Busey admitted to having a relationship with a school district employee. Busey argues he did not violate the moral clause in his three-year contract, which would have expired later this year.

Board Chairman Rick Jansons says in a perfect world, the board should have started searching for a new superintendent last October.

"There's a limited number of superintendent applicants so you need to match the person with the district," Jansons says. The district is looking for is someone who will continue innovation, continue working with staff. We're viewed as one of the top districts in the state. We're looking for a superintendent that will make that happen and work with our staff to make that happen collaboratively."

The board hopes to chose a state or national search firm by the middle of the month, and if the board can find the right candidate, Jansons say he'd like to have the position filled by the end of March.

However, if the board can't find a suitable candidate, board members say Richard Puryear will continue as interim superintendent.