Archive for Thursday, April 27, 2006

School board interviewing candidates

District plans to hire interim superintendent

April 27, 2006

The hunt is on for an interim superintendent for Basehor-Linwood schools.

On Monday, school board members interviewed one candidate to replace Superintendent Jill Hackett, who is on administrative leave until her resignation takes effect on June 30.

"We have been interviewing," board president Kerry Mueller said. "We have another interview next Monday night. Our goal is to try to make a decision within the next week or so."

Hackett came under fire in March, after she had recommended the board not renew the contracts of Steve Blankenship, Basehor-Linwood High School principal, and Teri Holmes, Basehor Elementary School principal.

After numerous executive sessions, the board voted to remove Hackett as superintendent. The next day, however, after discovering Hackett already had tried to resigned, the board rescinded the firing and accepted her resignation.

Board members agreed it's too late in the year to hire a permanent replacement for the superintendent. Further complicating the situation was the resignation of assistant superintendent Bill Hatfield, who has accepted a job as principal at Turner Middle School in Kansas City, Kan.

Mueller said the board is seeking an interim superintendent who has experience.

"We are looking at people who have been superintendents, who have experienced being superintendent and who are currently retired from a district and are serving as an interim superintendent at another district," she said. "Many times, superintendents will retire and do this sort of thing."

On Monday, the board also created a new position in the school district -- director of curriculum and instruction -- and named Sandy Guidry to that post. Guidry currently is assistant principal at the high school.

Mueller said Guidry would pick up the curriculum, instruction and testing duties that Hatfield has as part of his role as assistant superintendent.

Guidry, however, will not be an assistant superintendent.

"We're keeping the assistant superintendent position vacant for awhile," Mueller said. "The new position will only oversee the curriculum and instruction and testing area -- because that's a critical part of our district."

And now, the district is seeking a new assistant principal for Basehor-Linwood High School.

Also on Monday, the board voted to overturn a high school student's expulsion because of procedural problems with the expulsion process, according to Don Swartz, executive director of business and facilities.

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