Archive for Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Interviews under way for superintendent

February 16, 2000

It's possible the Lansing school board could hire a new superintendent next Tuesday.

During the next few days, the board and staff members in the district will continue interviewing four finalists for the superintendent's job. The final candidate will be interviewed on Monday.

According to Paula Mengel, board clerk, all of the finalists are from Kansas, although none is from Lansing. One currently is a superintendent, she said, while three are assistant superintendents. Two women and two men are in the final applicant pool, Mengel said.

Each candidate follows essentially the same process: lunch with the office staff in the school district office, a meeting with the district's principals, a tour of all school buildings, dinner with the school board and, finally, a public interview session with the school board.

One candidate was interviewed on Tuesday. Other interviews are set for today, Thursday and Monday.

It's possible a superintendent could be chosen at the board's meeting on Tuesday, said Jan Jorgenson, acting superintendent. The board's next meeting would be March 7.

Jorgenson said she was not among the 40 original applicants for the superintendent's job.

"I really like being a building principal," said Jorgenson, who will return next school year to her job as principal of Lansing Intermediate School.

David Self has been appointed interim principal of the intermediate school.

Lansing has been without a superintendent since November, when the board accepted the resignation of Lansing school Superintendent Michael J. Wilson. The resignation came after Wilson was suspended in October based on accusations that he had sent salacious e-mail messages from his office computer during the workday.

Plans call for a new superintendent to be in place by July 1.

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