Archive for Friday, April 7, 2006

School board to meet in special session

Superintendent’s future could be topic for discussion

April 7, 2006

The Basehor-Linwood school board on Friday scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, April 11, during which they'll discuss personnel issues.

It's possible Superintendent Jill Hackett's future with the district could be a topic during that meeting, which will be conducted in executive session. The board's agenda did not indicate whether board members intend to take action following their closed-door meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room at the school district administrative building, 155th Street and Parallel Road.

The school board also is scheduled to meet in regular session on Monday, April 10. That meeting, which also begins at 7 p.m., will be held at the Basehor-Linwood Middle School in Linwood. The agenda for that meeting does not include any executive sessions.

On March 15 - after meeting in executive session for about 16 hours over three days - the school board agreed with Hackett's request to be placed on administrative leave for 30 days. That leave expires next Friday, April 14.

In addition, the school board rescinded previous decisions affecting Hackett's contract. They voted to rescind previous motions that had extended her contract to June 30, 2008. The board's action meant Hackett's contract extends only another three months, expiring June 30.

Also at that March 15 meeting, the board appointed assistant superintendent Bill Hatfield to fill in while Hackett is on leave. And school board members overruled Hackett's recommendation to fire two principals - Basehor-Linwood High's Steve Blankenship and Basehor Elementary's Teri Holmes. Instead of following through on the superintendent's desire to let Blankenship and Holmes go, the board renewed the two principals' contracts through the 2006-2007 school year.

According to the district's payroll clerk, Janis Newton, Hackett currently is paid $103,821 annually. In addition, she receives $6,000 annually because she holds a doctorate, and she is paid a $4,800 vehicle allowance because she uses her own car. The district also pays for Hackett's dues to professional organizations.

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