Rossford to interview for school boss PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 11 January 2013 11:14
ROSSFORD - Members of the Rossford Board of Education have a lot of work ahead of them this year with hiring a new superintendent at the top of the list.
Newly-re-elected Board President Dawn Burks reported Thursday that the Ohio School Boards Association has received "24 complete and reviewed applications" for the position.
While the OSBA is helping to conduct the search it will be up to the Board of Education to decide which of those candidates they want to interview. The board's schedule calls for taking action to employ a new superintendent in February with the selected candidate starting duties in summer. That would give the new schools leader some time to work with interim Superintendent Bill McFarland.  At Wednesday's organizational meeting, the board noted it already has three days at the end of the month set aside to interview candidates.
At the meeting, the board haggled over when to meet and split over who to elect as its own leaders.
Burks was re-elected as board president on a 3-2 vote. Jackie Brown, who had served as board vice president, was nominated by Beverly Koch. Brown received her own vote and Koch's vote.
Ken Sutter and Doug Miller joined Burks in voting for the incumbent.
The balloting was the same when Sutter was elected vice president over Koch.
After some discussion, the board voted to continue to hold its regular meetings on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m., except on January and February when the meetings will be moved to the following Tuesday because of holidays.
Brown urged the board to switch its long-standing practice of meeting on Mondays. She questioned whether that would stop the board members who are assigned to work with city council to attend those meetings, even though those meetings are not routinely scheduled for the same dates. She also noted she has commitment later on Monday evenings.
The board will continue to meet in buildings around the district.
The board decided not to set a regular day and time for work sessions, instead holding them as needed.
Also at Wednesday's meeting, John Appt, of the district's facilities study group, said that his group will recommend TTL Associates of Toledo to conduct an assessment of hazardous materials in the district's schools. The cost will be about $17,000.
The committee, he said, opted for a lower level of assessment at this point. A much more involved assessment and estimate of the cost of remediation could have been done for three times the cost, but the committee felt that could wait until the district decides on a building plan.
The TTL contract will be on the agenda when the board meets Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Bulldog Center.

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