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Superintendent search process outlined at board meeting

Staff writer

USD 410 Board of Education met Monday with Max Heim of the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) to discuss the search for a superintendent.

Interim superintendent Doug Huxman said when he was hired the board planned to conduct a formal search for a superintendent.

The board will conduct its search with the help of KASB, at a cost of $3,500.

KASB will market the position to administrators throughout Kansas and neighboring states, Heim said. At the same time, KASB will work with the board to develop criteria of the search.

KASB will screen applications and present the three to five applicants who best meet the board’s criteria, so the board can arrange interviews.

The process takes between six and eight weeks, Heim said. If things go well, the board could interview candidates as early as the week of Jan. 26, 2009.

“There is a real shortage of applicants for superintendent positions,” Heim said. The average tenure of a superintendent is about three years, he added.

In other business:

  • A calendar change was made, moving an in-service from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, giving every student and district employee an extra day off during Christmas break. The calendar change is in recognition of schools meeting the state standard of excellence.
  • Business manager Jerry Hinerman said the board will close Dec. 23 on the sale of bonds for the athletic project with Tabor College.
  • The school board rejected bids for two 2009 minivans to replace aging district vehicles. The board will invite bids for two new minivans, either 2008 or 2009 models.
  • Supplemental assignments for three employees were approved. Donya Anderson will be an assistant girls’ basketball coach for the high school, C.J. Hill accepted a position as an assistant high school boys’ basketball coach, and Teal Stutzman will be an assistant middle school wrestling coach.
  • Invitations for sealed bids for a car and two reach-in freezers for sale by the district will be sent out.
  • The next board meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m., Jan. 12, 2009.

Last modified Dec. 10, 2008

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