WCSD begins new year with time change and new curriculum director

At the start of the calendar year, Warren County School District will have a new director.

Eric Mineweaser, currently the supervisor of secondary education, was approved during Monday night’s regular board meeting as the district’s new director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

He will take the place of the current director, Rhonda Decker, who is retiring.

Those changes will take effect on Jan. 3.

The board members expressed their support for Mineweaser, but some objected to the method of his appointment.

Board Member Jeff Labesky called for the agenda item including those changes to be discussed separately.

“Did we advertise for this position?” Board Member Joe Colosimo asked. “I have no problem with Mr. Mineweaser. But, I feel like we weren’t presented all the options… not filling (the position), looking at other candidates, looking at internal candidates.”

“This was part of the plan… for when Rhonda decided to retire,” Superintendent Amy Stewart said. “This is a key position leading our instructional initiatives for the district. We can’t leave it to chance.”

The board approved the change, with Colosimo voting against.

The promotion leaves the district without a supervisor of secondary education. The board did not act on that position.

“I don’t have a problem with Eric moving into this position at all,” Board Member Mary Passinger said. “We are not filling his position right now. That’s a discussion for another day.”

Reorganization

Monday’s proceedings kicked off with the board’s annual reorganization.

Although the officers — President Donna Zariczny and Vice-President Paul Mangione — remained the same, there was a little reorganizing.

Colosimo asked if there were any conflicts that would prevent the board from moving its regular meetings to 6 p.m. He said that change would create more consistency, as the board’s committee meetings start at 6 p.m.

Labesky added that the proposed change would result in meetings ending at a more reasonable hour.

The board unanimously approved that change.

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