St. Paul Supt. Silva on a long list of candidates for Palm Beach job

St. Paul Superintendent Valeria Silva is one of 72 education leaders who’ve applied for the superintendent job in Palm Beach County, Fla., according to the Palm Beach Post.

The Florida school district is the 11th largest in the nation, with more than 180,000 students. The St. Paul district has under 40,000 students.

Silva, who was granted a three-year job extension last month in St. Paul, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday night, the Star Tribune said. According to MPR, school officials said Silva is on vacation.

The Palm Beach applicants include three candidates from within the district, along with a host of superintendents and former superintendents from around the country.

Palm Beach board members will narrow the candidates on Wednesday and start interviewing finalists April 16, with a goal to make a new hire by the end of the month.

The salary range will be $275,000 to $350,000. That’s a jump from what they’re paying the retiring superintendent, Wayne Gent, whose base salary is $236,000.

Under Silva’s new extension, approved by the St. Paul school board on a 6-1 vote, her pay will increase from $204,833 to $223,849 by 2018, with a possible performance bonus worth $2,238.

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