OCPS selects new superintendent

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Update: Deputy Superintendent Maria Vazquez was named the new superintendent of Orange County Public Schools Tuesday evening.

Vazquez was named to the position after a unanimous vote, though several members expressed their desire for the other finalist, Peter Licata.

Read our previous story below:

Orange County Public Schools is one step closer to naming its new superintendent.

The current superintendent, Barbara Jenkins, announced her retirement in February after a decade in the role.


The district started its search with 15 applicants before deciding on two finalists.

The candidates, Maria Vazquez and Peter Licata, were interviewed by board members on June 21.

READ: OCPS superintendent Barbara Jenkins announces retirement

Vazquez is currently the deputy superintendent in Orange County.

Licata is the regional superintendent in Palm Beach County.

READ: Orange County Public Schools name semi-finalists for superintendent position

School leaders plan to announce a decision at their board meeting Tuesday evening.

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.