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Interim Boone County Schools superintendent Lisa Beck, Ph.D., is in contract negotiations to assume the seat left vacant by Jeffrey Huffman on March 3.

FOSTER — Boone County Schools officials announced last Tuesday evening that they are officially entering into contract negotiations with Lisa Beck, Ph.D., for the vacant position of superintendent.

The announcement came after a special meeting that was held at the school district’s operations complex in Foster, during which an official interview of Beck was conducted in executive session.

After the session, president Susan Kimbler made the announcement.

“This board will enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Beck,” she said. “I think we all agree that she is the best choice moving forward for Boone County Schools.”

Kimbler added, “We are thrilled and excited to see where the road will take us under her leadership. We look forward to sealing the deal at a future board meeting.”

Beck saw her role as assistant superintendent change last month with the resignation of former superintendent Jeffrey Huffman on March 3. Currently, she has taken on the role on an interim basis.

“It is an absolute honor to work for the school system,” Beck said immediately after the meeting. “I’ve been in the central office for 18 years and this is year No. 15 as assistant superintendent. It is exciting, and great things are happening in Boone County, and it is a privilege for me as we move forward in the process.”

In other BOE news, Boone County Schools moved to accept the resignation of board member Joe Tagliente Jr. In a letter he sent to each board member, he expressed satisfaction in his career that encapsulated 58 years in education. His resignation was effective April 15.

In part, the letter said, “I was 79 on January 10 and I’m tired. I want to spend the rest of my life watching my grandchildren Hunter, Luke and Molly grow up and the rest of my time on my two farms in Calhoun County.”

Additionally, the letter stated, “I hope I’ll be remembered as being a champion for the students and taxpayers, being fair to all employees, someone they could trust and not afraid to take a stand.”

Kimbler said after reading the letter, “Mr. Tagliente and I didn’t always agree on everything, but I respect and admire his dedication to Boone County Schools. He will be missed.”

Via state code, the BOE has 45 days to fill the position left vacant by Tagliente or the state schools superintendent will appoint a replacement.

“I look for us to make that decision without someone else stepping in,” Kimbler concluded.

A replacement for Tagliente would have to reside in District 1 (Sherman). The BOE will accept letters of interest and resumes at the central office until the deadline of noon on May 3, 2021.

Questions can be directed to Beck at 304-369-8235, and more information can be found at boonecountyboe.org.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.

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