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Parents, Officials Look to Draft Rogers for Interim-Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board is expected to pick the search firm responsible for finding a new superintendent during Thursday's meeting. Walt Rulffes is retiring this August.

Former University Chancellor Jim Rogers is putting himself forward as a possible interim superintendent. Rogers is the boss of School Board President Terri Janison's husband and now Janison finds herself in a peculiar situation.

The buzz surrounding Rogers as interim superintendent is growing. School Administrator's Union President Stephen Augspurger is calling for Rogers to step in and save the district at its most trying time.

"He's an advocate for higher ed. He'll become an advocate for K through 12. What better man to have in the legislature than Jim Rogers," he said. 

If Augspurger and others succeed at bringing in Rogers, that puts Janison in a potential conflict of interest. Her husband, Kevin Janison, works for Rogers-owned KVBC television.

"I adore Mr. Rogers. He is the boss of my husband, so I really have to like him," she said.

Janison is leading the fight against hiring an interim leader. She trying to assure parents that Rulffes is not only giving his 100-percent effort, but that he will stay past his August retirement if necessary.

"It's not about Mr. Rogers, it is about the school board looking to not hire an interim if possible," she said. "There is a preconceived idea that we already have somebody named and I'm not sure where that's coming from or why. But it's not true."

Neither Jim Rogers nor Walt Rulffes made themselves available for comment.