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Superintendent leaves post early

Lake Tahoe Unified School District Superintendent Rich Alexander’s resignation came sooner than expected.

Alexander, who has spent 11 years in the district, originally intended to resign July 11, when his current contract expires.

In a March 31 letter to Lake Tahoe Unified employees, Alexander wrote, “The Board of Education and I have reached an agreement that will allow me to leave my position now in order to pursue my interests.”



Those interests are being kept confidential at this point, but Alexander said leaving early is in the district’s best interest as well as his own.

“Some things have come up for me very quickly here,” he said. “I really appreciate the fact that the board has allowed me to pursue my other interests.”



Alexander’s last day was Friday. Assistant Superintendent Barbara Davis will serve as interim superintendent until someone is chosen to fill the position.

“I have every confidence that Barbara will do a great job,” said Alexander, who referred to LTUSD as the “finest school district I have ever known.”

Board of Education President Wendy David said a mutual agreement between the school board and Alexander allowed him to exit his position before his contract was up.

“He had some things he was interested in pursuing and the district is interested in pursuing our interests also, so it was a really mutual agreement between the two of us,” David said.

The school board is using an executive search firm through the California School Board Association to find Alexander’s permanent replacement. In 1999, Alexander made a yearly salary of $95,949.

“We picked a search firm and we’re having our initial meeting with the search executive (Tuesday) night,” David said. “It typically takes between four and six months, but we’re hoping to have a superintendent by the end of the summer.”

Davis was unavailable for comment.


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