Flagler Schools will have a superintendent under contract at least until Jan. 31.
The School Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday, May 16, to approve a contract that will make LaShakia Moore, the district’s assistant superintendent for academic services, the interim superintendent while the board searches for a replacement for Superintendent Cathy Mittelstadt.
Mittelstadt’s three-year contract runs out June 30. In a contentious 3-2 vote on April 4, the board opted not to renew Mittelstadt’s contract.
At its May 16 meeting, the board also agreed to a contract with the Florida School Board Association to assist in the search for a new superintendent. The board will pay the FSBA a fee of $35,000 for it services.
Moore’s interim contract begins on June 1, overlapping Mittelstadt’s final month with the district as a transition period. It ends Jan. 31, 2024. The board intends to have a new superintendent in place on Jan. 1, so Moore’s final month in the interim role will also be a transition period.
Moore will be allowed to apply for the permanent position if she decides to do so, but the contract also guarantees that she can go back to her current position as assistant superintendent if another superintendent is hired. The contract calls for Moore’s compensation as interim superintendent to be $12,500 a month, which would project to $150,000 a year.
At the board’s information workshop earlier in the day, Board Attorney Kristy Gavin said the salary for a superintendent in a county of Flagler’s size and demographics is in the $140,000 to $160,000 range.
The board will not be filling the assistant superintendent’s position while Moore is serving as superintendent. She plans to divide those duties up among district staff.