MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The search for a new Superintendent for Minneapolis Schools is still on.

The school board voted unanimously to end contract negotiations with their top candidate, Dr. Sergio Paez, Tuesday night.

“Obviously I’m disappointed about the decision,” Paez said. “It is unfortunate, what happened in Holyoke, and I produced all the information that they needed to have to continue the contract negotiations. But as any superintendent, I respect the decision they made. I’m also wishing the best for the city of Minneapolis, and I hope they find the right candidate.”

Paez is referring to abuse of special education students that happened under his leadership at Holyoke Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Since Paez was dropped as a candidate, the board needs to decide how they want to move forward. They tried to reinstate interim Superintendent Michael Goar as a candidate. That didn’t happen because protesters disrupted the meeting.

Instead, they tabled the issue until next month.