UNION CITY — The New Haven school board has called an emergency meeting for tonight to discuss naming an interim superintendent to replace outgoing schools chief Pat Jaurequi, who over the weekend accepted a position with another district.

Jaurequi, who arrived in New Haven in 2004 and whose contract was extended just this spring to 2012, said she was not actively seeking a new job but was recruited.

The other district — whose name she will not disclose until that school board has had an opportunity to approve her contract officially — is "a much larger district" and one that's closer to her family, Jaurequi said.

"I wasn't looking to leave. I do receive calls from time to time (from other districts), but when this position came to me a few weeks ago, it seemed a good fit, both professionally and personally," she said.

School board President Kevin Harper said the board is moving "aggressively" to fill Jaurequi's position, and he hopes to name an interim superintendent tonight.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City. The board is expected to go immediately behind closed doors to discuss appointing an interim superintendent before returning to open session to hear public comments.

The board also is scheduled to approve hiring a consultant to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent.

"Our job on the board is to continue the great direction that Dr. Jaurequi has set for us over the last few years ... (and) the collaboration in the community that we've been building," Harper said.

"We've got a great group of leaders in other places within the system that are doing great work. Our job, as the board, is to find the right person for (the superintendent's) seat, and we will do that."

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