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Board will call special meeting on hiring Super

June 20, 2013

The Warren County School District still does not have a superintendent. The district has been without a superintendent since Brandon Hufnagel’s resignation in early February....

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MTOMTO

Jun-20-13 8:44 AM

Not one word about what the "some unexpected, one-time revenues" were? To me, that information seems oddly missing.

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 9:34 AM

I would never automatically disqualify a candidate who was placed on administrative leave by a School Board of Directors. How could anyone do that within the context of how our own Board of Directors acts? I do have to wonder how you put yourself in a situation where the ONLY candidate you are interviewing is one who was placed on Administrative leave. Of course that gets back to the confidence that this Board of Directors inspires.

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MTOMTO

Jun-20-13 10:51 AM

Brazil, Unless all of the other candidates were disqualified due to lacking credential items?

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graduate

Jun-20-13 11:41 AM

MTO - at least one local candidate had more credentials and qualifications than the position requires. I don't know why they chose to only interview one candidate, but it was not due to lack of credentials on the part of other applicants.

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 11:43 AM

I am aware that the number of superintendent candidates is such that there is competition for openings but I guess my question back would be what does that say about our Board, the monies spent on a consultant, and the expertise of that consultant if the result was one candidate resume which met the minimum qualifications?

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 11:48 AM

Maybe it was due to the usual unanamity that our Board desires or seems to always attain. I mean, after all, I was somewhat surprised that they had a 7-2 vote on the budget issue related to a sports isse. Most tend to be 9-0. You know like when they voted 9-0 on the school border requirements and then a few weeks later after some public outcry over the ridiculousness of their measure they voted 8-1, I think, to modify it. One wonders if they gave any thought to their original decision. Then again there was their unanimous agreement on huge bonuses for the executive staff, significant public outcry followed and 4 months later they rescinded all but one of those bonuses.

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saveourschools

Jun-20-13 12:05 PM

Brazil, I'm not sure they ever intended to hire him. They interviewed other candidates. They even had a final three. They chose to only present one candidate to hold a forum with staff and public. They used a different process than before, unfortunately the last process had more transparency than this board is comfortable with. They have asked the current interim super to apply. She doesn't want it. They adjusted her salary to reflect our past supers and are obviously taking their time. However, the state will only allow an interim super for a year. Don't read much into that 7-2 vote on athletics. Tom Knapp only focuses on certain issues, sports being one. The fact that the rest of the board recognized that fully funding athletics when education is lacking in many areas of our district was the first responsible move I've seen the board make in a long time.

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saveourschools

Jun-20-13 12:06 PM

Actually that vote had to have been 5-2 because only 7 members were in attendance....

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 3:24 PM

I guess I would ask a separate question: 1) Are there participation fees for band, school musicals, school plays and any other non-core subject matter? 2) To me the Athletic costs are a tax and the School Board should have followed Mr. Grant's suggestion, which I note he didn't have enough conviction in his position to vote for it, and had a modest increase. They could have added a slight increase, well under the legal limits and installed some of those programs back in the budget both academic and extra curricular. To not look for a modest increase by banking on one time revenues is irresponsible in my view. It will just result in kicking the can down the road. Who knows what this Board will do with the next Super. I imagine it will take him a year to re-locate and we'll be paying mileage for family visitation under the guise of "moving expenses" again.

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Brazil

Jun-20-13 3:31 PM

As far as Board members with micro view points we also had a member who was voting against all sports expenditures while at the same time pushing to maintain funding of 4 school marching bands. Was there a little self interest in that? I think funding should be looked at in all areas. There will always be those no matter how much is spent on specific academic programs crying for more and being opposed to extra curricular funding. Reviewing what is happening in some of the larger affluent districts of Pittsburgh and Buffalo bear that out. The amount spent per student is phenomenal yet there are still those saying the students aren't getting what they need. Although in this District the Board has history of feeling the student's primary needs are reimbursements for Superintendents visiting the family masquarading as relocation expenses, large scale bonuses to administrative staff, and extra positions in Central office while hatcheting student expenditures.

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MTOMTO

Jun-20-13 3:48 PM

Will they hold this at the same special meeting for tax exempt status of local "non-profits"?

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saveourschools

Jun-20-13 4:45 PM

Brazil, there is a lacking of supplies in the classroom, tutoring, middle school Spanish, and a host of many academic items that were cut when sports became pay to play. I think band pays the same fee while the clubs are supposed to pay a fee too.

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saveourschools

Jun-20-13 4:46 PM

MTO, I just hope one of the new revenues found has nothing to do with the non profits. It would be unwise to already count on that.

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