CONCORD -- A special meeting by the Mt. Diablo school board went into overtime late Wednesday, with no immediate decision on selecting a new leader for the troubled district.

Shortly after 10 p.m., trustees emerged from a two-hour stint behind closed doors and voted unanimously to extend the session to midnight.

The board is working to appoint an interim superintendent and finalize separation agreements with two officials.

On April 25, the school board severed ties with Superintendent Steven Lawrence and General Counsel Greg Rolen, making good on its promise for change. Lawrence and Rolen each have a year remaining on their contracts.

Prior to Wednesday's meeting, it was expected that Lawrence and Rolen would each be paid a buyout equivalent to half of the time remaining on their contracts, or a total of seven months, including salary and benefits. That means Lawrence's buyout could total about $172,600 while Rolen's could total $147,000.

An investigation by this newspaper last month revealed that Rolen previously approved recommendations for about $100,000 in contracts for translation services provided by his then-girlfriend. At the time, he did not publicly disclose their relationship.

David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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