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BV begins search for new superintendent

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 3:08 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 3:10 p.m. CDT

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley School Board is on the hunt for a new permanent superintendent.

Interim Superintendent Dennis Thompson said he and fellow interim Superintendent James Whitmore have interviewed eight candidates and have narrowed down the search to six candidates.

Thompson said the candidates will be reviewed by the personnel committee, which will reduce the candidates down to two or three for the full board to interview.

The school board is looking to fill the position by July 1, which is the official start of 2014-15 school year.

The district has been working under the guidance of two interim superintendents since July 2012, when former Superintendent John Bute resigned from the position.

The board opted to hire Whitmore and Thompson both as a cost-saving measure and because there was not enough time to post the position and interview prospective candidates before the beginning of the school year.

Since the Teachers Retirement System does not allow retired administrators or teachers to work more than 500 hours or 100 days during a calendar year, the two men share administrative duties and responsibilities.

On Tuesday, Thompson said he and Whitmore are about ready to give up the position, however, they are trying to finish up a couple of projects before handing the seat to another superintendent.

The first goal is to finish up a strategic plan for the district. Thompson said the plan usually involves a year of research, but he and Whitmore are working to finalize the plan within the next couple months. The plan will include an overview of various items related to finances, curriculum, public relations and policies.

Thompson said the plan will be more or less a guide for the board and new superintendent.

Another goal the interim superintendents are working to finish is sorting out various particulars on how the district is run and putting together information on items that may need to be looked at in the future.

Thompson explained they want the district to be prepared with things like new curriculum changes for the district and making sure it’s robust enough to support the current technology changes in curriculum.

“If everyone in the district needs to be on the same site when taking tests, do we have the capacity to do that?” he said.

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