(LAS VEGAS KXNT)–Pat Skorkowsky, a deputy Superintendent in the Clark County School District, has been selected by the School Board as interim Superintendent of the nation’s fifth-largest school district. He is also likely to be considered — along with others, if he throws his hat into the ring — to be the board’s permanent replacement for outgoing Dwight Jones.

Jones  recently resigned from the job, citing family health considerations. He leaves office next week.

The School District Board of Trustees nominated three candidates on Thursday, and decided during its meeting to subject them to an impromptu test. The nominees were asked to deliver a five-minute speech about themselves, their qualifications, and ther vision for the district. One of them jumped in his car and drove across town while the board was in recess in order to present his remarks.

Skorkowsky was appointed by unanimous vote after the board heard from all three — Skorkowksy; Chief of Information Technology Jhone Ebert; and Associate Superintendent Andre Denson. All have long tenure in the district.

Skorkowsky praised the outgoing Superintendent, calling Dwight Jones a mentor, and citing the work he’s done alongside Jones that prepares him to continue with the reforms Jones oversaw.

Board president Carolyn Edwards ackowledged all three as exemplary.

Skorkowsky declined to say whether he’ll pursue the permanent position, but has significant support among teachers and the community after having worked with Jones.


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