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Barbara DeHart to Be School Superintendent

WESTMINSTER | Community News Focus

October 28, 1997|J.J. POPE

Barbara DeHart, who has served as interim superintendent since a controversial reorganization of the Westminster School District's top post in May, has been given the permanent job.

At a closed-session meeting Sunday, the school board unanimously appointed DeHart, a district administrator since 1993. The five-member panel also appointed Sheri Jones, interim superintendent of personnel services, to that post permanently.

DeHart's appointment does not come as a surprise to many school district observers, since her educational philosophies fit more closely with those of the conservative, three-member board majority.

In May, the board voted to buy out the contract of then-Supt. Gail Wickstrom, citing philosophical differences.

DeHart, 53, a former administrator in the Carpinteria Unified School District, holds a doctorate in educational administration from UC Santa Barbara.

Her salary will likely be discussed at the board's Nov. 6 meeting.

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