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Coronavirus pandemic disrupts Torrance school district’s superintendent search

District opted to promote from within instead and named veteran administrator Tim Stowe to the post

Tim Stowe, a veteran teacher and administrator with Torrance Unified School District for almost three decades, will assume the role of interim superintendent July 1 — for at least the next two years.

The district began a search for a new superintendent after George Mannon — who had held the post since 2005 — announced in December he would step down at the end of the academic year.

But district officials have decided to suspend the search and appoint internally instead because of the disruption to the economy caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Terry Ragins, TUSD board president, said Stowe was “uniquely qualified” to lead the district during the public health crisis, having helmed both the district’s academic and business divisions.

“He is a collaborative leader, has built strong relationships throughout the community and has demonstrated strong financial management,” Ragins said in a press release. “Stowe is the strategic and collaborative problem-solver needed to help the district navigate the current global health emergency and future economic challenges.”

Stowe began his TUSD career in 1992 as a teacher at Magruder Middle School, before serving as principal at Richardson Middle School and West High School. He became the district’s chief academic officer in 2013 before becoming deputy superintendent four years ago.

Stowe will receive $291,975.00 annually as superintendent.

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