During a special meeting Wednesday night of the Nevada Joint Union High School District, just two of the district’s five board members were present to discuss the process of selecting a new superintendent, one week after the dismissal of former Superintendent Marianne Cartan.
The board, which was represented by President Katy Schwarz and trustee Wayne Klauer, has a variety of options in how to fill the now vacant position, said Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermansen, who attended the meeting.
Board members not attending were Vice President Richard Baker, along with trustees Jim Adams and Georgie Coulter.
“It’s the responsibility of the board to hire a superintendent,” Hermansen said after the meeting. “There are no rules about the process and the board took action to ask us to do this together. It’s a nice partnership.”
The length of time the process takes is entirely up to the board, and a packet was provided by Hermansen to offer a sample timeline of events, with a survey and community input period, and a inquiry was made as to when the board may want to post the position.
As part of Wednesday’s discussion, the possibility of hiring an interim superintendent arose, which Hermansen advised against since the board is seeking a new hire mid-year. The board can also choose an outside agency to conduct interviews or hire the new superintendent. Both Schwarz and Klauer said they would like the board to conduct the interviews.
One benefit of seeking the Superintendent of Schools office to facilitate in the hiring process, Hermansen said, is that her office only charges for the cost of printing the materials for things like surveys for the public or a brochure for a potential hire.
The board also has the option to lengthen the process or start the interview process and then seek more involvement from the community or keep looking for another candidate. Schwarz and Klauer asked Hermansen for her recommendation on a timeline.
“I think it depends,” Hermansen said. “By the time somebody came in for a couple months, it might not make a difference.”
One of the concerns was the workload the absence of a superintendent would place on the assistant superintendents, Trisha Dellis and Karen Suenram. Both attended Wednesday’s meeting and said the workload was manageable, noting Hermansen already said she would offer assistance if necessary.
Another concern Schwarz and Klauer raised Wednesday was a lack of input provided by the community the last time the board sought to hire a superintendent.
“But if you’re offering the opportunity and soliciting input, at least it’s out there,” Hermansen said.
No action was taken at the meeting. Schwarz said the next meeting will be scheduled for the first week in April.
“We still need to contact the other board members and discuss what happened during the meeting,” Schwarz said.
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