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Silva to withdraw from Florida superintendent search and stay in St. Paul

Valeria Silva had been granted a three-year contract extension last month; two weeks later she applied for the Palm Beach County job and was one of four finalists.

St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva, who was given a three-year contract extension last month and two weeks later applied for a Florida job, says she’ll stay in St. Paul.

She was selected Wednesday as one of four finalists for the top job in the Palm Beach County school district, the 11th largest in the nation. A much higher salary would have come with the job.

But Thursday afternoon, in a press event with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Silva said she’s withdrawn from consideration for the Florida job.

She said at the event at City Hall: “It has not been an easy decision. I’m here because St. Paul is who I am. I’m extremely committed to St. Paul.”