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Arizona Board Votes to Hire Kishimoto

HARTFORD — During what was reported in local media as a raucus, standing-room only meeting, the Gilbert, Ariz. school board early Wednesday morning selected a new superintendent of schools: Christina DeJesus-Kishimoto, the superintendent of Hartford public schools.

The position in the central Arizona community was expected to be offered to Kishimoto after the meeting according to the Arizona Republic Newspaper. Kishimoto, whose contract in Hartford ends in June, accepted the position according to reports. A search for Kishimoto’s  successor already is under way. The Hartford Board of Ed

The Gilbert vote was 3-2 at the end of a meeting in which parents and teachers accused conservative board members of political bias and driving out educators, the newspapers website, azcentral.com reported. The selection process also came under fire.

The 39,000-student district has been in an uproar with the five top administrators and the interim superintendent resigning.

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