Jim Yovino to replace Larry Powell as Fresno County schools superintendent

The Fresno BeeMay 16, 2013 

The Fresno County Board of Education trustees voted Thursday to appoint deputy superintendent Jim Yovino to serve as superintendent of schools until the end of the current term, which expires in December 2014.

Yovino, 56, who will be sworn into office at the June 20 board of education meeting, replaces Superintendent Larry L. Powell. Powell's resignation was accepted by the trustees Thursday. Yovino has been with the county office of education for seven years.

"Appointing Jim Yovino as the superintendent will provide ongoing stability and continuous leadership to the Fresno County Office of Education," Powell said in a statement. "I look forward to his accomplishments as he leads the county office into the next era."

Powell, who has served as Fresno County's superintendent of schools since 2006, said last week he will retire -- again -- on June 30, 18 months before his current term expires.

Powell, 65, said he believes the county Office of Education's financial situation has stabilized, after it faced a 22% decline in funds from the state over the past seven years. So he can step away to pursue other interests, including motivational speaking, writing and acting.

He first "retired" in 2011, giving up some $800,000 in salary and benefits that he was expected to earn for the rest of his second term in office, and stayed on the job at a reduced salary of about $31,000 a year --- money he said he has donated to charity while receiving retirement benefits.

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