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Interim Des Moines superintendent picked for job

Friday - 3/8/2013, 5:10pm  ET

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The chairman of the Des Moines school board says the interim superintendent is the panel's pick for the permanent job heading Iowa's largest school district.

Board Chairman Dick Murphy announced Friday that Thomas Ahart was offered the job and that the board would vote on a contract Tuesday.

The 45-year-old Ahart has been leading the 32,000 student district since former Superintendent Nancy Sebring quit to become superintendent of schools in Omaha, Neb. Sebring later resigned the Omaha job after emails to a lover on her Des Moines district computer became public.

Ahart was chosen over two other finalists. They were James Browder, superintendent of the Anchorage School District in Alaska, and Carey Wright, chief academic officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Ahart will become the district's 13th superintendent.


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