BESIC principal job draws 61 applicants
By Monday night, one of the 61 applicants for Tom Mundinger’s job might be hired on as his replacement.
Mundinger will be retiring from his post as the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center principal. A committee was formed to find his successor and that committee might be selecting the next BESIC principal by the end of the week.
“We hope to meet sometime this week and rate our candidates,” Supt. Paul Dorathy said. “Then we hope to come up with a recommendation to take to the school board for the April 27 meeting.”
For the past two weeks, the committee has spent afternoons and early evenings interviewing candidates for the position. The field of 61 applicants was narrowed to eight for interviews.
During April 7-9 and April 13-17, the committee saw one candidate each day for an interview. While Dorathy didn’t say if anyone in the Baldwin School District applied for the job, he did say the majority of applicants were living in Kansas.
“It’s mostly been in-state candidates, but we have had some out-of-state candidates,” Dorathy said. “We had experienced and inexperienced candidates apply for the position.”
While 61 applicants might seem high to most people, Dorathy and BESIC secretary Kim Heckathorne weren’t surprised by the number.
“I wasn’t shocked at all,” Heckathorne said. “I just think this is a community that people are interested in moving to and when there is a job opening like this one, it attracts many people.”
Dorathy agreed about the number of applicants.
“I had a feeling this position would be very popular,” he said. “The school is doing very well. It’s very organized and it’s very well run. It has a good staff. I figured there would be quite a few that would be interested and apply for the position.”
The Baldwin School Board will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday night at the District Office. The only items will be executive session for personnel, negotiations and preliminary land acquisition.