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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • School Board to consider KASB assistance

  • The Leavenworth School Board is attempting to establish a timeline for finding a new superintendent. And, board members have to move fairly quick, the board's president said.
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    • On the agenda
      The Leavenworth School Board is scheduled to host its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Leavenworth Unified School District office, 200 N. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the...
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      On the agenda
      The Leavenworth School Board is scheduled to host its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Leavenworth Unified School District office, 200 N. Fourth St. The meeting is open to the public and the agenda is listed below:
      • Procedural items:
      ― Call to order/roll call
      ― Pledge of Allegiance
      ― Adopt agenda
      ― Scheduled patron input
      • Recognitions:
      ― Students/staff recognition
      • City manager quarterly report
      • Kansas Association of School Boards
      ― Superintendent search
      • Children's Mercy Hospital-Luke Gard
      ― District buildings' air quality and cleanliness
      • Consideration of employee assistance program
      • Consideration of 2013 USD 453 CPA audit report
      • Consent agenda:
      ― Check register
      ― Gift log
      ― Minutes
      ― Treasurer's report
      • Items removed from consent agenda
      • Board goals and objectives
      • Executive session for non-elected personnel
      • Staffing report
      • Superintendent's report
      • Rachel's challenge
      • Vocational committee update
      • Finance committee
      • Executive session for negotiations
      • Close meeting:
      ― Upcoming meeting dates
      ― Unscheduled patron input
      ― Board member comments
      ― Adjournment
  • The Leavenworth School Board is attempting to establish a timeline for finding a new superintendent. And, board members have to move fairly quick, the board's president said.
    "We don't want to linger," Nancy Klemp said.
    She said there are a number of other districts in Kansas also looking for a new superintendent.
    The board voted Dec. 4 to accept the resignation of Kelly Crane, who served as superintendent since 2008.
    No official reason has been given for her departure, and terms of the resignation have not been made public.
    Klemp said the new superintendent likely won't be available to begin working in the Leavenworth district until the end of June.
    It was announced Dec. 4 that Assistant Superintendent Bret Church was the district's interim superintendent.
    The board president said the district needed to have someone immediately assume Crane's former duties.
    Klemp anticipates board members will vote Wednesday to determine if Church will continue to serve in that capacity through at least the remainder of the school year.
    "I feel comfortable with leaving him as interim superintendent," Klemp said.
    The person selected as the new Leavenworth superintendent will be taking over a district with an enrollment of more than 3,600 students and about 1,000 employees, according to the district's website.
    The district has one high school, one middle school, an intermediate school and four elementary schools. Leavenworth public schools also operate a virtual school and serve as host district for the Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative.
    Representatives of the Kansas Association of School Boards will meet with the School Board on Wednesday night to discuss a superintendent search service offered by KASB. The local School Board is a KASB member.
    Klemp said the board may decide not to use KASB in its search. She said there are private companies that also offer superintendent search services.
    According to information from KASB, the organization charges school systems the size of the Leavenworth district $5,000 for a superintendent search.
    "I thought it was pretty reasonable," Klemp said.
    She said KASB can conduct a national search or search in only states requested by a board.
    "They sift through (applications) to find the ones that meet our criteria," she said.
    She said KASB would present what are believed to be top candidates to the School Board.
    It's unclear if Church intends to submit his name for consideration as superintendent. A message left with him Monday was not returned.
    The Leavenworth school system last used KASB for a superintendent search in 2008, according to district officials.
    This year's superintendent search will be the first conducted since the Leavenworth School Board enacted a residency requirement.
    Page 2 of 2 - The policy, which was approved last month, requires the superintendent, assistant superintendent and principals to live in the city of Leavenworth. The policy gives new administrators up to a year to move into the city from the start of their employment.
    Administrators who already were working for the district when the policy was adopted have until July 1, 2017 to move into the city.
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