by Max Brantley
The Little Rock School Board has scheduled a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday "to consider taking action with respect to the superintendent's employment contract."
The time apparently is at hand to move forward with a proposal to buy out the seven months remaining on Superintendent Linda Watson's three-year contract, which the Board has voted not to extend, and to put in place the process to find a successor.
The Board's goal will be to have a permanent replacement at work by July 1, but the success of a search will determine how soon that can be accomplished. If an agreement can be reached to end Watson's tenure, the Board may also find an interim leader, someone who would not be a candidate for the job on a permanent basis.
This meeting has been delayed several times. It seems unlikely that the board will join unanimously on the action. Members Katherine Mitchell and Dianne Curry had voted to extend Watson's contract. Mitchell told Channel 11 recently that she wouldn't participate in the hiring of a new superintendent because scores had risen under Watson.