St. Paul schools leader moves to city

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 18, 2011 - 8:41 PM

The school board offered to pay up to $40,000 in expenses to persuade Valeria Silva to sell her house in Woodbury.

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Valeria Silva, St. Paul Public Schools superintendent, has moved from Woodbury to St. Paul and turned in her moving expenses, which board members are expected to approve in the weeks ahead.

The move came at the request of the board, which felt it would be good for Silva and good for the district if she lived in the city she served. They offered her a $40,000 relocation package in August as an incentive.

By living in the district, "all the matters that affect the district are also affecting her personally as well as professionally," Elona Street-Stewart, the board chairwoman said at the time. "This is nothing unusual or unique to our district."

Silva sold her Woodbury home in September, according to real estate listings. School officials would not say Friday where in St. Paul she had moved.

Silva had worked in the district for 25 years before she was hired as superintendent in December 2009. At the time, board members agreed it wasn't a good economic environment for Silva to sell her house in Woodbury. Instead, she bought a condo in St. Paul.

The relocation package raised some public protest at the time as the district recently had laid off a multitude of employees in the face of a $25 million budget shortfall.

The amount of Silva's relocation package was determined with the help of local housing experts, who gave board members estimates on the price of moving along with a time estimate of how long it could take to sell a home. The money can pay for things such as moving expenses or mortgage brokers.

Silva's moving receipts are being processed by administrators and the total was not available Friday, said Toya Stewart, a district spokeswoman. The board will have to sign off on the final reimbursement amount.

Silva was on vacation and unavailable Friday for comment, Stewart said.

Daarel Burnette II • 651-735-1695 Twitter: @DaarelStrib

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