MANATEE COUNTY - The interim superintendent of Manatee schools is getting a permanent offer.

The Manatee County School Board has decided to forgo a national search and offer current interim superintendent Cynthia Saunders the permanent position.
The board had originally voted to exclude Saunders from applying for the position when they hired her for the interim role in June, but she has handled several situations well in just five months, including a major software and financial scandal. Her deft handling of these situations moved the board members yesterday to informally decide to offer Saunders the permanent position. A formal offer will be drafted and presented to her at next Tuesday's meeting.