The board recently agreed to hire outside counsel to oversee its nationwide search for a new superintendent, with its members saying they feared that using the department's in-house attorneys would create a conflict of interest between the counsel and the current superintendent, Jim Phares.
Those issues are irrelevant to the new office arrangements, Manchin said.
A use for the board president's former space in the conference room is to be determined, and Manchin's new office also will be available for use by all school board members who need an area for meetings or to make phone calls, according to Cordeiro.
"Is the space that's always been considered office space for the board president conducive? The answer is no," Cordeiro said. "The idea here, more than anything else, is that we have space for the Board of Education, but also we want to open it up for more room for the public."
The Department of Education has been making renovations and consolidations throughout the building for nearly two years -- including reorganizing the technology and assessment departments -- thus opening up new space, Cordeiro said.
Additionally, the board conference room is scheduled to move from its traditional space on the third floor of Building 6 to a larger space on the sixth floor, but those plans have been put on hold for now, Cordeiro said.
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