Board re­vises process to fill post

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Dix

The Ex­eter School Board’s monthly vot­ing meet­ing on Tues­day, Oct. 17, be­gan with a pre­sen­ta­tion of the trans­porta­tion re­port given by Rick Weg­man, su­per­vi­sor of trans­porta­tion.

Weg­man in­formed the board mem­bers of this year’s pur­chase of two 77-pas­sen­ger buses, one 54-pas­sen­ger bus and a nine-pas­sen­ger van. He re­quested three 77-pas­sen­ger buses, one 54-pas­sen­ger bus and a stu­dent van for next year.

His dis­cus­sion also touched on the driver short­age is­sue, which ap­pears to af­fect dis­tricts na­tion­wide.

“It doesn’t seem to be a job any­one wants any­more,” said Weg­man. There were in­quiries about driv­ing, but not much suc­cess in ac­quir­ing ad­di­tional bus driv­ers.

After the pre­sen­ta­tion, an ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sion en­sued re--

gard­ing the pro­ce­dures for se­lect­ing an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent. Board mem­ber, Carol Kutscher, sug­gested that the Lan­guage Arts co­or­di­na­tor and STEM co­or­di­na­tors be in­cluded in the round one of the in­ter­view process.

A fi­nal vote of 8-1 ap­proved the in­clu­sion of Lan­guage Arts co­or­di­na­tor, STEM co­or­di­na­tors, per­son­nel com­mit­tee, school board pres­i­dent and su­per­in­ten­dent would un­der­take round one of the in­ter­view pro­cesses. The en­tire school board would

par­tic­i­pate in the sec­ond round of in­ter­views.

Board Vice Pres­i­dent David Ben­der thought the school board’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the in­ter­view process shows the can­di­date “the in­volve­ment of the school board and their com­mit­ment to get­ting the top can­di­date.”

Board mem­ber Robert Quin­ter fol­lowed suit with Ben­der’s com­ments. “I feel it is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary that the board be able to con­duct, par­tic­i­pate in those in­ter­views with more than one in­di­vid­ual.”

Board Pres­i­dent David Hem­berger did not agree with his col­leagues. He noted that he gave a long thought to the board’s in­volve­ment

in the in­ter­view process. After con­duct­ing his re­search, Hem­berger con­cluded that the board should not par­tic­i­pate in the in­ter­view process for hir­ing the po­si­tions, other than, the su­per­in­ten­dent.

“Se­lec­tion of the best can­di­date should be based upon a process of bet­ting by sea­soned ad­min­is­tra­tors and staff that are most fa­mil­iar with the skills nec­es­sary for serv­ing in this po­si­tion,” said Hem­berger. “With all re­spect to our school board mem­bers who are well in­ten­tion, most of us are lay­men and are not pro­fes­sional trained ed­u­ca­tors with ex­pe­ri­ence in ped­a­gogy or ed­u­ca­tional prac­tice.”

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Todd M. Davies has re­signed ef­fec­tive Nov. 26.

In other busi­ness, a mo­tion car­ried 5-4 to award the gen­eral con­struc­tion and elec­tri­cal base bids to­tal­ing $170, 603 for the var­sity soft­ball dugout project.

The school board ap­proved the pro­posed fee from KCBA to pro­vide ar­chi­tec­tural/en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices which rep­re­sent an on-call pro­fes­sional ser­vices agree­ment for var­i­ous work or­ders for main­te­nance projects iden­ti­fied in the 5-year main­te­nance pro­gram.

Jef­fery P. Fries was hired to re­place Su­san Cook as Owatin Creek prin­ci­pal at an an­nual salary of 120,000.

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