School Board launches search for interim superintendent

Superintendent Mark Rendell. [Kaila Jones/32963]

The Indian River School Board is on a fast-track to hire an interim superintendent by May 14 to replace Superintendent Mark Rendell, who will step down May 24.

During a special Wednesday meeting, the board agreed to begin accepting candidate applications from May 1 through midnight, May 8. Candidates should be emailed to Andrea Messina, executive director of the Florida School Board Association, which is coordinating the interim hiring.

A cover letter and resume should be emailed to She can also be reached at 1-850-414-2578. “This is an aggressive, but doable timeline,” Messina reassured the board.

The agreed upon plan is for the board to meet publicly from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., May 10 to discuss which candidates they want to interview. Candidate interviews, which will be open to the public, will be held between 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 13 and the board will discuss and vote on their top choice during a special meeting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the same day.

The board will vote to approve a contract with the interim during their regular business meeting on May 14.The board would like bring an interim on board for 6 to 12 months which will allow them to search for a permanent replacement for Rendell.

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