Archive for Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Lansing board still seeks superintendent

April 5, 2000

Despite numerous attempts to find a superintendent, the Lansing school board still is looking.

Board members plan to conduct interviews late this week, in an effort to find a replacement for Michael J. Wilson, who resigned after sending salacious e-mail messages from his office computer during the workday.

Jan Jorgensen, principal at Lansing Intermediate School, continues as temporary acting superintendent. Plans call for a new superintendent to be in place by July 1.

Board member Milt Hileman said several candidates have declined the district's offer of employment.

Hileman said the board would continue its search for a superintendent.

"The longer we go in a year, the more difficult that will become because the pool of candidates will begin to dry up," said Hileman, who is in his fifth year on the board.

The school board has been a pivot point for turmoil this year. Its members had difficulty finding replacements for two of its membership who had resigned. And it has interviewed a number of applicants for the district superintendent's job.

In addition, three key staff members the district's treasurer/bookkeeper, its food service director and the school board clerk have resigned.

"It's because of all the turmoil and the lack of leadership," said board clerk Paula Mengel, whose last day of employment with the district is Friday.

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