School board president Neil Campbell said board members unanimously agreed that they should hire a new interim superintendent from outside the district.
"We felt that in order for this community to continue to heal and move forward, this is something that we have to do," Campbell said.
Fitts, who has also served as interim superintendent in Willingboro (N.J.) and Glassboro (N.J.) and a county superintendent in Union County (N.J.), has agreed not to pursue the superintendent position.
The board also announced it is working with the Pennsylvania School Board Association to find a permanent superintendent, hopefully in the next six months, Campbell said. He said the board will ask for input from parents, teachers, students, and other members of the district.
"We need someone who is neutral, who can listen to everybody," said board member Laurie Knecht.
The district has been in turmoil since the uncovering of the texts.
Chester County District Attorney Hogan released a statement last week saying the school board was hindering his office's investigation into kickbacks that were mentioned in the text message exchanges between Como and Donato. Hogan also revealed that his office is investigating the school board's solicitor, Harrisburg lawyer James Ellison, and his law firm, Rhoads & Sinon, for possibly defrauding taxpayers by overbilling the district.
Hogan has said the school district has harassed and intimidated the two school officials who exposed the texts, director of technology Abdallah Hawa and Teresa Powell, who has served as acting assistant superintendent since the resignations. Hawa and Powell have also said the district has kept them from their full duties.
The board announced that Powell will return to her previous role as the director of middle school education. Powell, reached a few hours before the scheduled press conference, said she was not aware of the conference or what it could be about.