School office hires familiar face |

School office hires familiar face

The Nevada Joint Union High School District has plucked its next business manager from the ranks of the county Superintendent of Schools Office.

The move to hire Karen Suenram as the 4,200-student district’s assistant superintendent of business services will provide the high school district with a seamless transition, Nevada Joint Union Superintendent Maggie Deetz said.

“Karen is coming in with years of skills, and she’s already familiar with us,” Deetz said.

As an assistant in county Superintendent Terry McAteer’s office, Suenram is responsible for ensuring that each of the county’s 10 school districts submit a balanced budget and that each district submits proper attendance records, which have a bearing on how much money each district receives from the state.

Suenram has been with the county superintendent’s office for five years. Ironically, Suenram worked as assistant superintendent for business services at the Roseville City School District prior to arriving in Nevada County.

Current Assistant Superintendent Julie Hopkins begins her new job in that Roseville position later this month.

Suenram, who has young children, will be working at the high school district 32 hours a week. Her salary will be approximately $84,800. Her contract expires July 1, 2006.

As assistant superintendent, Suenram will be responsible for overseeing construction projects funded by Measure A, a $15 million bond passed by voters in 2002. She also will be working with Assistant Superintendent Christine Clark to hammer out agreements with as many as 60 teachers who are expected to retire by 2007.

Suenram will also take a leading role in shaping the district’s 2005-06 budget. In the past two years, the district has narrowly avoided making large-scale cuts to staff, but Deetz said she’s prepared for a battle long before March 15, when the district must notify teachers of potential layoffs for the coming year.

“They’ve done a good job preparing for the challenges ahead of them, and their budget’s in relatively good shape,” Suenram said.

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