Archive for Wednesday, December 20, 2000

School district in the market for new leader

December 20, 2000

It appears likely the Basehor-Linwood school district will be searching for a superintendent next year.

But acting superintendent Cal Cormack said it's too early to say whether he's interested in the job.

In early September, the Basehor-Linwood school board members named Cormack, 63, acting superintendent after they told the district's superintendent to immediately go on vacation. David Pendleton has been away from the district since.

Attempts to reach him for comment have been unsuccessful.

"It is my understanding that his position is that he is not intending to come back and that he is looking for other positions," Cormack said.

School officials have refused to comment on reasons for the action against Pendleton, other than to refer to a resolution the board adopted directing him to use his accumulated vacation time.

The board's Overland Park attorney, John Vratil, has been in discussion with Pendleton's attorney about Pendleton's status with the district. Vratil said he couldn't discuss the situation, citing attorney-client privilege.

"It's one of those situations where many aspects are very sensitive for many people," he said.

Cormack said it's too early to know whether he will toss his name in the hat for consideration as the district's superintendent. He had served as assistant superintendent for four years before being pegged as acting superintendent.

"I think that I'll have to answer that when we reach that point and the board decides what they're going to do," he said.

Pendleton's departure at the start of a school year hasn't hampered the district, Cormack said.

"We've had a good fall," he added.

Cormack's career in education began in 1961 in Hays and includes 23 years with the Shawnee Mission school district, where he worked as an associate superintendent. He also was employed by the Kauffman Foundation for nine years. He and Pendleton joined the Basehor-Linwood district at the same time.

"I enjoy it here," Cormack said. "It's a nice size community. I like working with the community. I like working with the district. I like working with the board."

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