Board votes to use KASB for search
By JUDY SHERARD
The search for a new Hays USD 489 superintendent is on.
The board of education voted 5-0 Monday night to hire the Kansas Association of School Boards to conduct the search.
Board members Marty Patterson and Lance Bickle were absent.
Max Heim, KASB senior consultant, and Gary Sechrist, leadership services field specialist, gave a presentation on the process.
Heim said he's been conducting superintendent searches for KASB since 2000, and completed 77 of them during the last 10 years.
"Applications for superintendents are scarce," he said.
The base cost of the search is $5,000. For an additional $350, KASB representatives will help district staff prepare a brochure advertising the position.
The brochure will be mailed out "to every superintendent in Kansas, (and) every university that prepares school administrators in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa. So the word is out," Heim said.
It also will be posted on the KASB website.
Heim and Sechrist will host a focus session probably in early November, with the board to determine the characteristics they are looking for in a superintendent. They also will host focus sessions with staff, site councils and community or business representatives if the board wants them.
"Some districts don't want to do it, but we recommend it," Heim said of getting other input.
Results of the focus sessions would be tabulated and brought to the board.
The board also voted to have KASB conduct a Wonderlic assessment personality profile of candidates for an additional $500. Total cost of the search will be $5,850 plus expenses.
The deadline for applications probably will be the end of the year with candidate screening in early January.
"We won't give you the names of anyone that won't meet our test," Heim said.
Board members will select three or four candidates to interview.
There's "not a lot of candidates out there," Sechrist said. "Some of these candidates will be candidates in other positions, so you want to get them called as quickly as you can."
The board discussed waiting for Patterson's and Bickle's input, but decided to move ahead.
"That'll put us probably in November before we would act on this," said Greg Schwartz, board president. "So it pushes everything probably about a month off, and then it puts us into the second tier category for those people looking."
"Marty did make his opinion known that he supports KASB," vice president Darren Schumacher said before making the motion to hire KASB.
In other business, the board:
* Approved employment for Tracy Kaiser, USD 489 business manager; Janie Griffin, Munjor ECC teacher assistant; Kayla Stephens, Wilson special ed para; Ashley Taylor, O'Loughlin secretary; Tammi Robben, HMS language lab para; Marei Hinzman, Wilson, special ed para; Gloria Pfannenstiel, Roosevelt, lunchroom supervisor; and Carmen Morales-Hernandez, O'Loughlin ELL para.
* Accepted resignations from Melissa Proctor and Tawni Reese, Hays High assistant cooks; Samantha McFarlane, Hays High assistant cheer coach; Dillon Kinderknecht, Wilson custodian; Nicohle Pfannenstiel, Munjor ECC teacher assistant: Kristie Hockett, TMP-Marian special ed para; Diane Garcia, O'Loughlin ELL para; and Linda Wickham, Hays Middle School assistant girls' basketball coach.
* Approved termination of work agreement for Deanna Shelton, La Crosse special ed para.