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The East Valley School Board approved a letter of agreement between the district and Northwest Leadership Associates, the search firm the board selected to find its next superintendent. The agreement lays out the responsibilities of Northwest Leadership and includes a performance guarantee – if no acceptable candidate accepts the job or if the selected superintendent resigns from the position or is dismissed for cause during the first year of his or her employment, the search firm will conduct a comparable search for a replacement without charge.
The East Valley School District will wait until October to begin a search for a new superintendent. The school board unanimously picked Northwest Leadership Associates of Liberty Lake to lead the search.
The East Valley School Board discussed the process of finding a new superintendent Tuesday, and agreed to have a work session April 14 to meet with recruitment companies. The search firm would provide the district with a pool of candidates, which the board can approve, ask for a new pool or agree to in part and ask for other candidates. Once the board narrows that pool to two or three candidates, there is a process of meetings with the public, staff and board. The search firm’s payment is contingent on the district hiring one of its candidates.
The East Valley School Board met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the contract of Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch. Gresch was chosen as the interim superintendent Feb. 14 after the departure of former Superintendent John Glenewinkel. The agreement, which went into effect Tuesday, will expire June 30. At that time, Gresch will be entitled to return to the position of assistant superintendent of general services, a position he previously held, for the 2014-15 school year.
The East Valley School Board has heard many comments from the public during the past several months, and Tuesday’s meeting was no exception. In order to more fully discuss issues with constituents beyond what’s allowed during the structure of a board meeting, the board will host two town hall meetings on the future of its K-8 model.
The East Valley School Board on Tuesday took care of a few housekeeping measures before tempers flared. Board chairman Mike Novakovich said the board decided during a Dec. 7 work session to vote during public meetings on approval of board stipend and expense reimbursement checks, rather than ask the superintendent to do it.
As the makeup of the East Valley School Board changed on Tuesday, members of the community were looking forward, sharing hopes for the future and celebrating current achievements. Three new school board members – Fred Helms, Mike Novakovich and Justin Voelker – took the oath of office Tuesday in front of a full house, joining members Mike Harris and Mitch Jensen.
East Valley School District’s transition to kindergarten through eighth grade schools took another step forward Tuesday when the board held a public hearing to discuss taking on $6.2 million of nonvoted debt, also known as a limited general obligation bond. The funds would buy two portable classrooms each at Trent, Trentwood, Otis Orchards and East Farms schools. One portable would include four classrooms and three restrooms. The other, a triplex, could be used as a multipurpose room or as classroom space, depending on the needs of the school.
Change is coming to East Valley. Starting this fall, sixth-graders will stay at their elementary schools, and seventh- and eighth-graders will attend East Valley Middle School with the closing of Mountain View Middle School in East Farms.
Voters in the East Valley School District will be asked to approve a $33.75 million bond April 26. The school board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday to put the issue on the ballot. The decision came after a year of discussions within the district and community members to restructure the way students are taught.
The discussion has been continuing about the sweeping changes proposed by the East Valley School Board, this time with community input. The district held two community forums recently to discuss the latest option – a combination of the first two ideas discussed by the board.