Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Hansen accepts, declines district post

February 2, 2006

After accepting the job Monday, Carol Hansen turned down the Baldwin School District superintendent opening Wednesday for personal reasons.

School Board President Lonnie Broers said he talked to Hansen Wednesday morning and she declined the job she had accepted the day before.

"She had second thoughts and for personal reasons was going to decline out of our agreement," Broers said. "That's all she would tell me. She explained the reasons, but I don't think I am at liberty to discuss that right now."

Broers said he was surprised by the news, because Hansen seemed excited about the job opportunity.

"With all of this effort we put into this and she was so positive and so excited," Broers said. "But for the record, she has declined our offer for personal reasons."

The school board called a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss where it will head next in its superintendent search.

"We are going to have a special meeting tonight," Broers said Wednesday. "We will try to develop our strategy from here."

The Signal will update developments from that meeting on its Web site at www.baldwincity.com.

Broers also said none of the four finalists are choices anymore, so the school board must begin a new search.

"Two have withdrawn and I don't think the other was a good fit," Broers said. "We will have our meeting and see where we want to go from here."

The three finalists were Hansen, Scott Myers from Elkhart and Brad Neuenswander from Chaney. Neuenswander is both a Baldwin High School and Baker University graduate whose father, Bill Neuenswander, was Baldwin's superintendent in the 1980s. A fourth finalist canceled before a scheduled interview last week because he had accepted a job elsewhere.

The Signal had calls into Hansen and Supt. James White Wednesday that were not immediately returned. White had informed all district personnel of Hansen's acceptance Tuesday and likewise informed the same e-mail list Wednesday of her change of mind.

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