Board’s final vote is Monday
An official vote on whether to offer Tonganoxie Superintendent Richard Erickson a contract extension is expected to take place at Monday’s school board meeting.
At the Dec. 8 regular board meeting, the school board, by a 4-3 vote, expressed its intent not to offer a contract to Erickson, who has been superintendent of schools in Tonganoxie since 1996.
A final vote is to take place at the January regular meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the Tonganoxie Middle School library.
Board members have not commented on the subject.
During Erickson’s tenure, a $25.3 million bond issue passed successfully in 2004 that allowed for the construction of a middle school on the district’s 80 acres on Washington Street. Renovations also were done at the elementary and high schools. Erickson also established the district’s transportation program, which Erickson estimated had saved the district $550,000 through 11 years. He also initiated curriculum changes, such as college dual credit and advance and advance placement classes at THS.
During the last two years, however, Erickson was the subject of a contract buyout for former director of operations Jamie Brun. And, a mill levy filing error he submitted to Leavenworth County cost taxpayers nearly $370,000. Since then, Erickson has proposed that the mill levy be reduced to compensate for the error, with interest, which the board approved.