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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Interim super undecided

  • As the Leavenworth school district begins searching for a new superintendent, the interim official said he hasn't made a decision about applying for the job.
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  • As the Leavenworth school district begins searching for a new superintendent, the interim official said he hasn't made a decision about applying for the job.
    "If it appears that I personally possess desired characteristics and a relevant working knowledge of our district that makes me a viable candidate, then I will visit with my family and let my interests be known to the board at the appropriate time," Bret Church wrote in a statement to the Leavenworth Times. "Right now, all of my energy is focused on the challenges and opportunities before us as we look ahead to the second half of this school year."
    Church has been interim superintendent since Dec. 4, when the Leavenworth School Board voted to accept the resignation of then-Superintendent Kelly Crane. Church had been serving as assistant superintendent.
    The School Board voted Wednesday for Church to continue as interim superintendent for the rest of the school year.
    The board hired the Kansas Association of School Boards to help with the superintendent search at a cost of $5,500.
    Gary Sechrist, KASB leadership services field specialist, said the application process generally takes six to eight weeks.
    He said the superintendent's job will be advertised on the KASB website, which is linked to websites for other state school board associations. He also said KASB is associated with the National Association of Superintendent Searchers.
    Anytime KASB sends out mailings, openings for superintendents are included. He said the mailings will reach the desks of superintendents throughout the state.
    He said KASB could produce a brochure about the opening in Leavenworth to be mailed out to superintendents, as well as colleges and universities for an additional $350.
    Sechrist said the district can produce its own brochure and KASB will provide the mailing labels for free.
    School Board members elected to have the district create its own brochure.
    Church said the district has a brochure that was created for its last superintendent search. He said district personnel feel they can update the brochure on their own.
    Sechrist said KASB conducts focus group meetings to determine characteristics people want to see in a superintendent.
    "We would recommend that we meet with your patrons, your staff, your administrators," he said.
    He said the School Board can request other focus groups.
    "It's your process," he said. "You're running it."
    He said all applications will be submitted to KASB, candidates will be screened, and top candidates will be recommended to the board.
    "Typically we would recommend three," he said.
    The board can then schedule interviews with the recommended candidates.

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