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July 1, 2002

State Board of Education extends Superintendent Vazquez's Contract while search is conducted

The State Board of Education acted today to extend the contract of State Superintendent Respicio F. Vazquez while the search continues for the next State Superintendent of Education.

The maximum length of Vazquez's contract was extended to "no later than June 30, 2003" with the provision that it will terminate with seven days notice if the Board hires someone else as State Superintendent of Education prior to June 30, 2003. Vazquez's previous contract covered the period from February 1 thru June 30, 2002.

The Board is conducting a search for a State Superintendent of Education and has narrowed the field with the assistance of a search firm and by reviewing applications/nominations and conducting several interviews. The Board's intention is to select a new superintendent this summer.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777