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Gilbert public school district picks new superintendent

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GILBERT, AZ (CBS5) -

The Gilbert public school board picked a new superintendent amid much controversy.

The decision comes after a huge shake up in administration, a split board vote, and a heated public meeting.

"It's just a very emotional time right now, and everybody is on edge, and everybody needs to calm down a little bit. Several of us were elected to the board on a campaign promise of change and improvement of transparency so there is a lot of inner turmoil, but it's temporary," Gilbert school board member Daryl Colvin said.

Colvin voted no on the selection of Dr. Christina Kishimoto as new Gilbert superintendent. Kishimoto was selected on a split 3-to-2 vote. Kishimoto works for the Hartford Public School District in Connecticut.

The Gilbert district has been in an uproar since four top staff members resigned, including a high school principal, an athletic director, an assistant superintendent, and Interim Superintendent Jack Keegan.

Keegan did not have much to say about the resignations, including his own.
 
"I just resigned because I felt it was best, the new superintendent is coming in, and I'm not gone till March 7," he said.

But some parents said board members have their own political agendas, and accuse the board of scaring administrators away.
 
"They're not working together as a team and they're not working as one for the kids, and that's a shame because it's going to hurt the kids in the long run," Donna Pocano said.

Kishimoto accepted the offer, pending contract negotiations.

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