ILWACO, Wash. - Paul Prevenas, selected as superintendent for Ocean Beach School District last month after a lengthy search, has turned down the job, citing "circumstances beyond my control."

The Ocean Beach School Board met in executive session Monday night to discuss its options.

"The board gave me the power to investigate, with the help of the ESD, to look for an interim" superintendent, School Board President Ed Guelfi said. Educational Service District 112 is helping the district with the search for a superintendent.

Having an interim superintendent for a year will have its benefits as well, Guelfi said, since he or she will probably be someone who is retired and doesn't want to work long-term, but has extensive experience.

"We can say, 'These are the pressing issues, these are the things that need to happen this year,' and they can focus on these things," Guelfi said.

The board and the ESD will also start another search for a new superintendent.

"We're a little disappointed, but we have a great staff and a great administrative team," Guelfi said. "We're not going to let this distract us ... not even for a second."


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