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R-A starts search for superintendent

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Ruthven-Ayrshire school board is considering a plethora of options as they search for a new superintendent and principal to fill the positions being vacated by Norene Bunt June 30.

Online job postings with Teach Iowa, Iowa REAP and Iowa Association of School Boards will advertise for full-time or part-time hours for both positions, as the board is undecided how they want the positions to be structured in the future. Sharing a superintendent with a neighboring district is also being considered, and Graettinger-Terril has already offered a proposal.

"I think we advertise for all three possibilities and see what we get," board member Barry Fischer said.

Regardless of another district's proposals, the qualifications of the potential superintendent must be considered, board president Ray Granstaff said.

"With the proposal from Graettinger-Terril, we need a resume from the superintendent just like the rest," Granstaff said. "We can't just see dollar signs and say yes."

As the board searches for a new CEO, they have decided not to utilize a search firm or ads in the Des Moines Register or Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Search firms varied in price from $3,000 including expenses to $5,000 plus expenses, and one-time Sunday edition ads came in at $600 and $450, respectively.

"We can always go to them later," board member Larry Conlon said.

The district's ads will be sent to area newspapers by Sunday and posted online by Monday, when they will also have another 6:30 p.m. meeting.

Board Secretary Reg Reynolds will be contacting districts that neighbor R-A and bordering districts. Those districts must send proposals and resumes by April 6, the same deadline for other candidates.

In other business, the board:

* Approved a six-year athletic sharing agreement with Graettinger-Terril, starting in the fall of 2012. Student councils from both schools will identify a potential name, colors, school song and mascot, which will be decided by a vote of junior high and senior high students. General expenses, equipment and transportation will be split evenly, but coaching salaries will be handled separately until 2015, due to current pay differences.

* Offered guidance counselor Connie Larson an early retirement package including an annual stipend of $12,500 for three years and insurance stipend of $6,710 for six years. Larson had requested a stipend of $15,000 and said she would have to consider the offer. She has two weeks to respond.

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