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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Interim superintendent to remain, KASB hired for search

  • The Leavenworth Board of Education has picked Bret Church to continue serving as the Leavenworth district's interim superintendent for the rest of the school year.
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      In other business Wednesday, the Leavenworth Board of Education:

      • Approved goals for the current school year....
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      Other business
      In other business Wednesday, the Leavenworth Board of Education:
      • Approved goals for the current school year.
      • Approved the renewal of a contract with Professional Association, Leavenworth, for a mental health services employee assistance program. The one-year contract is for $19,600.
      • Accepted a 2013 audit report for the school district that was prepared by Kramer and Associates, Leavenworth.
      • Approved a staffing report with various personnel changes. Among the personnel changes is the transfer of Henry Leavenworth Elementary Principal Stacy Graff to the position of assistant principal at Richard Warren Middle School. Kevin Lunsford will be transferred will be transferred from the job of director of outreach services to principal of Henry Leavenworth Elementary School.
  • The Leavenworth Board of Education has picked Bret Church to continue serving as the Leavenworth district's interim superintendent for the rest of the school year.
    The board unanimously approved Church as the interim superintendent during a meeting Wednesday evening.
    Church took over as superintendent Dec. 4 when the board voted to accept the resignation of Superintendent Kelly Crane. But at the time, board President Nancy Klemp said board members would vote later regarding whether Church remained in the position until the end of the school year.
    Church previously served as assistant superintendent. He's been with the district since 2010.
    "I appreciate all the help I received," Church said after the vote Wednesday.
    He said officials are doing their best to make the transition, and there are many people who care deeply about the district.
    Also Wednesday, the board voted to hire the Kansas Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a new superintendent.
    The district will pay KASB $5,500 for the service. The KASB charges a base fee of $5,000 to a district the size of the Leavenworth school system. Board members chose to pay an additional $500 for a personality traits assessment.
    Gary Sechrist, KASB leadership filed specialist, talked with board members about the proposed service.
    "You have a very important task that is coming your way," he said.
    He suggested board members start their search as soon as possible.
    He said there are 13 openings for superintendents in Kansas, and there likely will be more before the end of the school year. Last year, there were 44 openings in Kansas.
    He provided board members a timeline with suggested dates for the process.
    According to the timeline, a three-member will be in Leavenworth Feb. 12 to screen applicants. That evening, the team will meet with the board to name their top candidates.
    He said KASB generally recommends three candidates.
    According to the timeline, the board then would schedule interviews between Feb. 17 and 21.
    He said board members don't necessarily have to stick to these dates.
    Klemp said she had contacted another organizations that conducts searches for superintendents. She said she was quoted a price from that company of between $17,000 and $21,000.

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