Press Release from Superintendent Search Consultant Jim Huge

At an emergency meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, St. Lucie County School Board members will consider a recommendation from Mr. Jim Huge, consultant for the superintendent search, to postpone the superintendent candidate interviews currently scheduled for August 29, 2013.  This action is being recommended to accommodate Board consideration of the Interim Superintendent for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

At the next regularly scheduled Board meeting set for August 27, 2013, Mr. Huge will bring forth a recommendation to suspend the current search for a new superintendent and name Genelle Zoratti Yost as Superintendent of Schools.  Mrs. Yost was not originally considered for the superintendent position because she is only eligible to serve until June of 2015.  However, Mr. Huge states that Mrs. Yost has engendered exceptional excitement and focus among the staff and community in just a few short months of her tenure as Interim Superintendent, and it is his opinion that the continued leadership of Mrs. Yost is the best option for the district at this critical time.  This appointment would also save one additional transition in the short term and would allow all to benefit from her strong leadership.  Mr. Huge will also suggest to the Board that the search for Mrs. Yost’s replacement resume in the fall of 2014 with the expectation that a new superintendent will report for duty in June of 2015.  The Board will take action on the recommendation at the August 27, 2013 meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at the St. Lucie County Public Schools District Offices.