In The Meanwhile
Stupid-Intendent, err Superintendent, the Des Moines Public School Board has decided to go with an interim replacement and want to have a permanent leader in place by July 1, 2013.
That's fine to take your time to find the best person for the job, and the scientific community is united in that fact, but their reasoning doesn't seem solid --as many superintendents are already under contract.
Your current Superintendent, Nancy Sebring, was under a contract that you sweetened just last year.
Contracts, and education, are not what they used to be.