Archive for Wednesday, January 21, 2009

School board holds off a week on its search

January 21, 2009

The Tonganoxie School Board will wait a week to decide whether to hire the Kansas Association of School Boards to assist in its search for a new superintendent.

Representatives from KASB spoke to the board at a special meeting Monday about what the group offers as part of it superintendent search services.

After hearing from KASB officials Mike Pomarico and Doug Methel, the board voted 6-0, with Darlyn Hansen absent, to table the decision. The board will gather for another special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Chieftain Room in Tonganoxie High School to discuss the issue further.

KASB assistant executive director of administrator services, Mike Pomarico, a former superintendent himself, discussed the process of the superintendent search.

“We are, about right now, in reasonable shape because January is kind of the month things seem to happen across the state,” Pomarico said. “We recommend eight weeks in our process. It would take about eight weeks from this meeting to you signing a superintendent to a contract.”

Pomarico said the district would be charged about $4,000 for KASB’s services. He said there would be other charges, such as mileage, but they would be minimal, Pomarico noted, especially because of the KASB office’s proximity to Tonganoxie. KASB is in Topeka.

The search for a new superintendent comes on the heels of the Jan. 12 board decision to not renew Superintendent Richard Erickson’s contract. However, Erickson will serve as a part-time official for special projects when his superintendent contract ends this summer. A year later, he will retire.

At Monday’s special meeting, the board will also hear from Keven Ward of Trane regarding the district’s energy audit.

The Facility Improvement Committee meeting, which originally was scheduled for Monday, has been postponed. The district needs more time to coordinate the development of the energy conservation plan with the development of the Tonganoxie Elementary School Facility Improvement Plan. The next meeting is thought to be rescheduled for February or March, according to the district’s central office.

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