After judge denies injunction, Seminole County School Board set to ratify contract for next superintendent

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The Seminole County School Board on Tuesday could vote to ratify the contract for its next superintendent.

That move would come after a judge denied an injunction to halt the process earlier in the afternoon.

The judge said the lawsuit lacked standing and denied the injunction. If there is no further action taken on Tuesday, Serita Beamon’s contract will be approved at the meeting.

READ: Seminole County School Board votes to select Serita Beamon as next superintendent

Beamon has been the school district’s attorney. She was recently hired in a 3-2 vote after the board previously rescinded an offer to Chad Farnsworth, an assistant superintendent in Lake County after public outcry.

Seminole County resident Brittany Walker and Seminole County teacher Sharon Swalina filed the lawsuit, alleging that the board’s decision to rescind their offer to Farnsworth and hire Beamon would affect the residents and students of Seminole County.

They also alleged the school board did not follow its own policies during the hiring process.

READ: Lawsuit filed against SCPS board over superintendent vote

If Beamon is selected, she will make history as the first woman and African-American to hold the job of superintendent in Seminole County.

READ: SCPS rescinds vote to hire Lake County Schools assistant superintendent as next superintendent

Jeff Levkulich, WFTV.com

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.