Board continues search for new superintendent
Before Interim Superintendent Ron Wimmer steps down from his position at the end of the 2010-2011 school year he wants to have his successor lined up.
And if all goes according to plan, the board could be making its decision on the new staff member by April 19.
On Monday, Wimmer discussed with De Soto’s USD 232 Board of Education the steps needed to hire his replacement.
The first step was to post the position. The next step would be for the board to approve the hiring process, which would include creating a focus group that would consist of board members, principals, community members, teachers and special educators to identify desired characteristics in the new superintendent. The public would also be allowed to make their input on desired characteristics known to the district by its Web site, mail or telephone.
“Anybody could write in about suggested characteristics they are looking for (in a superintendent),” Wimmer said.
All applications would by due by April 1.
Between April 2-6, the board, Wimmer and area superintendents would screen the applicants. On April 7-8, the references on the selected 3-5 applicants would be contacted and interviews would be set up on April 9.
The board would then plan to interview the candidates between April 13-16 and make their selection by April 19.
Board member Jim Thomas liked the plan, but wanted to make sure there was consistency among the questions asked to the applicants during the interview.
Board member Bill Fletcher wanted to have each candidate make a presentation to the public about their goals for the district, but Wimmer said the applicants may want to remain confidential until the process is over.
In other business:
• The board named Tobie Waldeck, Monticello Trails Middle School principal, to be the principal at Mill Valley high School for the 2010-2011 school year. This came after Joe Novak, MVHS’s current principal, announced his retirement after 37 years in education
• accepted Denis Johnson resignation as director of facilities. His resignation will be effective at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
• accepted Mike Stithem resignation as principal of Clear Creek Elementary. His resignation will be effective at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.
• Accepted the bid from Combes Construction Co. for the new expansion at the De Soto High School. Mark Franzen, president of Horst, Terrill & Karst architects, said the bids came in about 30 percent lower than the estimated $3.1 to complete the project.
He said there were 19 bids, which ranged from the low $2.2 million to the estimated cost.
Boardmember Don Clark suggested the district look at possibly completing phase II of the expansion if the bids were coming in this low.
“You are saving right now,” Franzen said. “If you need it and you can afford it now is a good time.”
The board accepted the Combes’ bid and added the construction of 15 new parking spaces in front of the school for about $16,000.
Board member Randy Johnson abstained from the vote. Board member Janine Gracy was not present at the meeting.
• The board approved the new fee schedule for the 2010-2011 school year. At the elementary schools, textbook and instructional resource fees went up from $25 to $35 for kindergarten and to $60 for all other grades. Elementary school lunches went up a dime from $1.75 to $1.85 and milk prices went up from $.35 for half a pint to $.40 for half a pint. The kindergarten milk program at Clear Creek Elementary also went up from $45 to $50 a year. Breakfast prices remained the
At the middle schools, textbook and instructional resource fees went up from $55 to $70. Lunch prices went up from $1.85 to $1.95. Some course fees also increased. Art fees will now be $10 for all grades; band fees will be $15 for all grades; family and consumer science fees have gone up from $7.50 to $10.
At the high schools, textbook and instructional resource fees went up from $65 to $70. Lunch prices went up from $1.85 to $1.95. Some course fees also increased. Art fees went up to $20 from $17; drafting is up from $7 to $10; family and consumer science is up from $15 to $20; lifetime fitness is up from $8 to $10; added a $10 fee for the 4-year Project Lead the Way engineering course; science lab is up to $10 from $8. An optional testing fee for advanced placement classes is also available for $86.
• Approved the addition of a new seventh-grade music class called Music Around the World 7 for students who are required to take a music class but "do not have an interest or propensity to participate in a performance-based music class, to explore music appreciation."
• Approved a request to offer Spanish I at the eighth-grade level to allow seniors the ability to reach Spanish V by the time they are seniors.