Archive for Thursday, March 23, 2006

Superintendent search gets to contract stage

March 23, 2006

The Baldwin Board of Education met Monday night in executive session to discuss the contract for its candidate to replace Supt. James White, who will be retiring in July.

The meeting was called Monday morning. School Board President Lonnie Broers said the board worked on putting together a contract at Monday's meeting.

"We have offered a contract to one of the candidates," Broers said.

He also said he is not sure when the contract negotiations will be finalized.

"We were going over some things on the contract," Broers said. "We haven't set a deadline yet, but hopefully it will be soon."

Broers said the school board is now waiting to hear back from the candidate on the contract, before it takes any further action.

The school board interviewed four applicants March 1-6 and another one Feb. 7. On March 15, several school board members traveled to one of the five candidate's district for an on-site interview.

Some of the applicants have accepted jobs elsewhere. Alexa Posny, Deputy Commissioner of Education for Learning Services at the Kansas State Department of Education, announced Friday that she has accepted an appointment from the U.S. Department of Education to serve as the Director of the department's Office for Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C.

Ralph Teran, an assistant superintendent in Wichita, has taken the superintendent's job in Grandview, Mo.

Steve Adams, superintendent at the Highland and Midway-Denton joint school districts, accepted the job as superintendent of the Piper School District in Kansas City, Kan.

Linda Aldridge, former assistant superintendent in the Leavenworth School District, was hired as the executive director of special education at the Northeast Kansas Educational Service Center in Lecompton.

The remaining candidate is Paul Dorathy, Southern Lyon County superintendent.

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.

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