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Pick for Minneapolis schools superintendent in town fighting for his job

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The Minneapolis School Board's top choice to be the next superintendent is in town this week to fight for the job.

This comes after the school board suspended negotiations with Sergio Paez after a report surfaced alleging abuse at a Massachusetts public school while he was superintendent there.

Paez flew to Minneapolis this week to answer questions from parents and the community in an effort to prove he's the right person for the job, KSTP says.

He met with several local officials and community leaders Tuesday, the Star Tribune says, before holding "coffee hours" for the public. He also attended community meetings.

Paez admitted his own investigation of the abuse allegations involving students with special needs at a school in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was inadequate, MPR News reports. And he insists he is cooperating with the ongoing investigation, reports note.

But most people in attendance at Tuesday's event weren't asking questions about the allegations. Instead, they wanted Paez to talk about what is happening locally, including how he'll address the achievement gap that is plaguing many schools across the state – including in Minneapolis, reports note.

"We have to have a plan that is comprehensive about eliminating the gaps, diminishing the gaps as we go, but it has to be a very complex process," Paez said, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minneapolis School Board is expected to vote Jan. 12 on whether it will move forward with Paez as superintendent, or if it will start the search process over again, FOX 9 reports.

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