Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 8, 2014

Caverna School Board mulls superintendent and assistant principal jobs

CAVE CITY — Caverna Board of Education met Tuesday to discuss the search for a new superintendent and the Caverna Middle and High School assistant principal positions.

Board Chairman Dr. Sheldon Ballou began the meeting with saying that a lot of the items on the agenda list for the special called meeting were just for discussion, and things they need to hash out before making any definite decisions.

After Ballou said this, he began a discussion about hiring an assistant from Kentucky Association for School Administrators to help the board with the search of a superintendent.

Ballou referenced a presentation made by Phil Eason, a principal consultant for superintendent selection services with KASA.

Board member Marla Wilson asked how much Eason’s services would cost, and Ballou answered that the baseline would be $6,000.

“Mr. Eason said he would tailor and customize his services to best fit our district,” board member Wayne Hatcher said. “He said he doesn’t charge as much for smaller districts as he would for larger ones.”

Ballou mentioned that this decision would likely be one of the most important ones the school board would make.

“We shouldn’t take it lightly and we need to seriously consider all of our options,” Ballou said. “This decision needs to be transparent.”

The board agreed, and Hatcher made a motion to approve a contract with KASA to assist the board, with Wilson providing a second.

Then the board discussed an interim superintendent, but no actions were taken.

Superintendent Dr. Sam Dick said that there are a lot of things to be considered when deciding on an  interim superintendent.

“There have to be contracts written up, salary and if it’s someone within the district we choose to take on this position, we have to discuss how they’ll handle both jobs for the time being,” Dick said.

Wilson asked if they have to choose an interim superintendent by August 1, and Ballou answered yes.

“We will probably have to go into closed session at the next meeting to discuss this issue,” Ballou said.

Most of the rest of the meeting was spent discussing the middle school and high school assistant principal position, but no action was taken. At the June 12 board meeting, then Assistant Principal Michael Gill resigned.

“What we are facing here is financials versus academics,” Ballou said about the decision of whether or not to eliminate the assistant principal position all together.

Chief Financial Officer, Penny Boeckmann, chimed in and said that the school district, “cannot afford to keep the position unless something else at the high school is cut.”

CHS Principal Brad Phipps spoke up about how important the assistant principal position is to the middle and high schools.

He listed a number of items the assistant principal takes care of, all of which he said made the position not expendable.

Board member Bill Poynter asked if the district can afford to get through this year with hiring a person to hold the position, for now, and Boeckmann answered yes, that the position is budgeted for this year.

“But you will have to find a way to eliminate other things in the near future,” Boeckmann said. “And these things will have to be at the high school. We can get through this year, but not long term.”

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