Central Unified hires new interim superintendent

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New interim superintendent Kelly Porterfield.

Sabreen Atwal, Staff Editor

After the Central Unified Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to against renewing the contract of district superintendent Mark Sutton on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the board has designated former assistant superintendent Kelly Porterfield as his interim replacement.

Sutton was placed on an immediate ten-day paid administrative leave following the Tuesday board meeting and will no longer be working in the district. According to the board, the reason for ending Mr. Sutton’s contract was withheld due to it being a “human resources” issue. After this action was taken, the board began a search for a interim superintendent. Porterfield was among several district employees considered for the position and was voted in with a 7-0 agreement from the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 6,2018. After the vote, members of the board expressed a desire to hire an interim superintendent from within the district to ease the transition.

Prior to becoming the interim superintendent, Kelly Porterfield served as the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Business Officer (CBO) at Central Unified for twelve years.  He has 27 years of experience in public education. Before working at Central Unified, Porterfield was the Director of Facilities Planning and the Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations for Madera Unified School District. He is also coming in with the experience of serving as an interim superintendent for six months for the Madera Unified School District during their 2011-2012 school year.

Porterfield received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management at the University of Redlands and his Chief Business Officer Certificate from the University of Southern California.

Porterfield has stated that his immediate focus is helping to move the district forward until the Board of Trustees can find a new replacement for the superintendent position. As of now, there is no agenda date set for for a final replacement.