Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2010

Superintendent search timeline set

March 11, 2010

Before Ron Wimmer steps down as superintendent 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 De Soto USD 232 Board of Education could name the new administrative leader by April 19.

On Monday, Wimmer discussed with the board 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 suggest desired characteristics 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.

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 three to five 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 its 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 current Monticello Trails Middle School Principal Tobie Waldeck to succeed Joe Novak as principal of Mill Valley High School starting with the 2010-2011 school year. Novak announced his retirement after 37 years in education

• Accepted Denis Johnson resignation as district 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.

• 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 same.

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 increased from $15 to $20; lifetime fitness is up from $8 to $10; a $10 fee was added for the four-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.

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