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Jarrett named supt. pending contract negotiations


It's been more than a year since Rockford Public School students, teachers and taxpayers had a permanent superintendent.

Dr. Ehren Jarrett is named the next leader for district 205.

When board members went into closed session, no one knew how long it would take them to reconvene and announce a decision or if that would even happen Tuesday.

Just after 8, board members named Jarrett their choice.

"The board's decision is to offer the position to Dr. Ehren Jarrett," announced Harmon Mitchell, board president.

Board members say Jarrett and Vosberg complement one another well but wouldn't go into what gave Jarrett the edge.

"They both interviewed very well they're very strong candidates and one of the things I think the board was excited about was these two gentlemen, both are from this community," said Board Member Ken Scrivano.

Mitchell added to that.

"There's a lot of similarity there between the two of them and we're just fortunate to have them both on board."

Now Jarrett and his legal advisor begin the negotiation process.  When they've reached a deal with the district, board members must vote to approve the new superintendent's contract.

As for Vosberg; it doesn't sound like he's going anywhere.

"He assured that he would be part of the team here for as long as we'd want," said Mitchell.

This is the first time in a while the search as been internal.  Board Member Ken Scrivano says that could be the key to retaining a leader in a district accustomed to quick turnaround in the superintendent's office.

"We haven't had a lot of stability in that superintendent position and so what we've been hearing from the community as board members is that stability in that leadership position is critical."

Jarrett is very excited about this new chapter in his career and says he'll have more to say about the board's decision on Wednesday.

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