Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

District’s search is narrowed

March 16, 2006

The Baldwin Board of Education is still searching for the next superintendent to lead the district after Supt. James White retires in July.

The school board interviewed four candidates March 1-6 and another one Feb. 7. On Wednesday, the board traveled to the district of one of the finalists for an on-site interview.

"We are going to do a site visit on Wednesday with one of the candidates," School Board President Lonnie Broers said Monday night. "We don't know for sure when a decision will be made."

Broers said the board is only considering three of the five candidates, because two have taken jobs elsewhere.

He said a decision could be made soon after Wednesday's visit, but he wasn't sure, because several things still have to be decided.

"There are a lot of unanswered questions at this time," Broers said. "Everything is still up in the air right now."

The school board began the search for White's replacement in January. It conducted a search and interviewed three applicants Jan. 23-26.

The job was the offered to Carol Hansen, of DeWitt, Iowa, in late January. Hansen accepted the job, only to phone Broers one day later to decline the job offer.

Then the board opened up the search again. Ralph Teran, assistant superintendent of high schools in the Wichita public school district, interviewed on Feb. 7 and visited Feb. 8.

After nearly a month of looking at more candidates, the school board scheduled four more interview March 1-6. Those four candidates were Linda Aldridge, who is working with several colleges; Paul Dorathy, Southern Lyon County superintendent; Steve Adams, superintendent of Highland and Midway districts; and Alexa Posny, deputy commissioner for learning services at the Kansas State Department of Education.

The Signal will update the story as more information becomes available on its Web site at www.baldwincity.com.

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