CONCORD (KCBS) – The largest school district in Contra Costa County is searching for some new leadership, after the firing of Superintendent Steven Lawrence and General Counsel Greg Rolen last week.

The Mt. Diablo School Board voted Thursday to release Lawrence and Rolen from their contracts, which were scheduled to run through June 2014. They were released without cause.

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Critics had objected to Lawrence’s managerial style, though he had supporters, too.

“He steered us through the great recession, it was painful, but our school district is currently very strong financially,” said local teachers’ union president Guy Moore.

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Moore acknowledged that teacher morale was low under Lawrence’s watch, but he considered it to be a problem before Lawrence arrived.

“We need to do things about rebuilding trust, improving teacher morale, and finding ways to make our district one which attracts the best and brightest teachers,” he suggested.

The school district was expected to name an interim superintendent before completing the search for a more permanent replacement.

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