August 29, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A veteran Las Vegas school administrator who became interim superintendent in March has been named to head the nation's fifth-largest school district.
On a 6-to-1 board vote, Pat Skorkowsky was hired Tuesday to a four-year, $250,000-a-year contract as chief of the sprawling Clark County School District.
Schools spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson says board President Carolyn Edwards voted no, after debate about initiating a nationwide superintendent search.
Edwards nevertheless calls Skorkowsky an excellent leader who can build morale in the district and lobby state lawmakers for school funds.
Skorkowsky has been with the district for 25 years.
He replaces Dwight Jones at the helm of the district with about 310,000 students and 18,000 teachers at more than 350 campuses.
Jones resigned in March to care for his ailing mother in Texas.
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