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Interim Boone County Schools superintendent Lisa Beck is in contract negotiations to fill the seat left vacant by Jeffrey Huffman.

FOSTER — Boone County Schools officials announced Tuesday evening they are officially entering into contract negotiations with Lisa Beck to fill the county’s vacant superintendent position.

The announcement came after a special meeting that was held at their operations complex in Foster, where 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,” said Beck immediately after the meeting. “I’ve been in the central office for 18 years and this is year number 15 as assistant superintendent. It is exciting. Great things are happening in Boone County, and it is a privilege for me as we move forward in the process.”

In other news, the board 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.”

Via state code, the school board 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.

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