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USD 232 to begin superintendent search

February 22, 2010

The search is on in De Soto’s USD 232 for a new superintendent of schools.

The district could name a new superintendent to begin working in the district as soon as July 1.

At a special meeting Monday, Board of Education members agreed to begin the search for the next superintendent. The special meeting was called to discuss the district’s options in regard to a search for superintendent.

Current Superintendent Ron Wimmer joined the district in May 2009 after Sharon Zoellner resigned.

Wimmer originally signed on to guide the district during the 2009-10 school year, however, he since signed a contract extension of one year.

The district discussed four options in the search for a new superintendent.

The first option was to wait until the fall to begin a search, and two other options involved hiring an associate superintendent or a deputy superintendent. Instead the board opted to begin the search for a "superintendent-elect," who would be hired to work beside Wimmer for a smooth transition.

Board member Randy Johnson said such an arrangement would show the district knew what direction it was going in the future.

Board members Bill Fletcher and Tammy Thomas said it would the new superintendent to learn from Wimmer during the next year while getting a grasp of the nature of the district.

“It shows decisive steps on the part of this board,” Thomas said. “It shows consideration of this district. The superintendent-elect can learn multiple facets of the district. When the time comes that Dr. Wimmer leaves us it would be more of a seamless transition than just a three month departure.”

Such an arrangement would be helpful for a superintendent switching district, Wimmer said. He agreed with Board member Don Clark that it would also provide finality to his time in the district — something he said needed to happen.

“I think it would be a great opportunity for someone that wants to come in and serve the district,” he said. “I came here to put the district on a course to be successful in the future. There were no expectations on staying longer than I’m needed. I think this is a good transition.”

The board also agreed to list the position rather than hire a firm to search for applicants.

“I think the district is in good position to get good applicants,” Johnson said. “We are in a good position to move on.”


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