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TUSD's Morado, Jaeger are finalists for Amphi sup't post

Two administrators for Tucson's largest school district are vying to become the chief of the neighboring Amphitheater Unified School District. Abel Morado, TUSD assistant superintendent, and Todd Jaeger, a former Amphi administrator who's now TUSD's general counsel, have been named the finalists to replace retiring Amphi Superintendent Patrick Nelson.

The Amphi Governing Board met twice this week as the district searches for a new head. Nelson announced in January that he would resign at the end of the school year, after running the district since 2012.

Amphi has about 14,000 students.

Tucson Unified School District, with nearly 50,000 students, is also in need of a superintendent after H.T. Sanchez was pushed out last month following a shift in the majority on its Governing Board.

Morado is TUSD's assistant superintendent in charge of high schools. He was the principal of Santa Rita High School for nearly a decade before joining the district's central administration in 2003, and then serving as principal of Tucson High for eight years, until early 2012.

Jaeger was hired by TUSD last year, after serving as Amphi's associate superintendent and chief lawyer since 1997. Prior to that, he had been a lawyer for TUSD for five years.

TUSD has yet to establish a process for hiring a new permanent superintendent. Last week, a candidate set to be hired as an interim superintendent withdrew at the last minute.

Maggie Shafer pulled her name as the person to be hired for the post following TucsonSentinel.com's report last Thursday that the district appears to have broken state open meeting laws in the process of drawing up a deal to hire a deputy to work for her.

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