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St. Paul Superintendent Silva one of final four candidates for Florida job

The Palm Beach County school board narrowed their search to four. The finalists will be interviewed next week, with a final decision expected on Thursday.

St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva, just weeks into a three-year extension of her contract of her job here in Minnesota, has advanced to the final round of the superintendent search in Palm Beach County, Fla.

She was one of four finalists selected by the Florida district’s school board Wednesday. She and the three other finalists will be interviewed next week, with a final decision expected April 16.

The board had narrowed the list to 13 semifinalists before winnowing it to four.

The Palm Beach Post obtained a  breakdown on how each of the school board members rated the final 13; Silva was the top choice of one school board member, and ranked second by four. She ranked No. 2 overall.

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Robert Avossa, superintendent of Fulton County, Ga., public schools, was top-ranked by five of the seven board members.

The Palm Beach County school district is the 11th largest in the country, with more than 180,000 students. The St. Paul district has under 40,000 students.

Silva applied for the Florida job two weeks after earning the three-year extension of her St. Paul contract, which was scheduled to run through 2018.

The Florida job would pay considerably more, with a salary range of $275,000 to $350,000. Under Silva’s extension, her base pay will increase from $204,833 to $223,849 over the three years.