Archive for Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Superintendent to retire at end of school year

September 11, 2002

Basehor-Linwood School District Superintendent Cal Cormack announced Monday, Sept. 9, he will retire at the end of the school year.

"I intended only to stay three years," Cormack said. "I've now been here seven years.

"It's just something I've been putting off for a while," he added.

Cormack, 65, said he won't be taking any other jobs and will spend his time traveling with his wife.

"A year from now I hope to be in Scotland," he said.

The announcement was made publicly during Monday night's Basehor-Linwood School Board meeting. However, school district officials were privately notified before.

Cormack will submit a formal letter to school officials in October stating his retirement plans and resignation.

Cormack was hired in 1996 as assistant superintendent.

He was approved in 2001 by the School Board to lead the district after the resignation of then-superintendent David Pendleton.

Cormack said the time is right to retire from education, a field he has been involved in for 30 years.

"It looks to me like the right time between a successful bond election and the actual construction itself," he said.

The bond issue is expected to go before Basehor-Linwood voters in January.

Voters will decide whether to approve construction plans for a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School and renovations of Linwood, Glenwood Ridge and Basehor elementary schools.

A final cost estimate has not yet been determined. School officials said it could cost between $25 to $30 million.

Cormack said he would stay on to help see the bond issue approved. It will be his replacement's job to see the construction through, he said.

The process of finding a replacement for Cormack is expected to begin in the coming months.

At the School Board meeting, Bill Majors, assistant executive director for the Kansas Association of School Boards, said the KASB could help the district find Cormack's replacement.

"We've been doing superintendent searches for over 30 years," Majors said. "We would help find a candidate that wants to come to Basehor-Linwood."

Majors said the vacant superintendent's position would be advertised in a six-state area.

"We would help get that message out," he said.

The School Board will decide in coming weeks whether to hire the KASB in their search for a new superintendent. If approved, hiring KASB would cost anywhere from $3,000 to $3,750.

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