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Longtime East Valley school board member Mitch Jensen will step down from his seat effective Oct. 14. “I am not giving in, I am not giving up, I have simply had enough,” Jensen said in his letter of resignation. “I am a proud parent of a Knight and will turn my energies to being involved solely as a parent.”
Over the summer, the East Valley School District administration moved to its new location at 3830 N. Sullivan Road. “It was a hot Tuesday in July,” joked Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch about the move. The administration moved into the building July 15.
The East Valley School Board voted to extend Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch’s contract through the end of the 2014-15 school year. According to the contract, Gresch will receive $150,000 in an annual base salary, plus $1,000 a month for reimbursement of travel expenses.
With declining enrollment and related staff cuts, East Valley School District administrators are making changes in day-to-day operations. Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch is hoping scheduling changes will help keep many of the 66 staff members who received layoff notices at the beginning of the month.
The East Valley School District is sending out layoff notices this week to 66 certificated employees. Human Resources Director Neale Rasmussen believes many of those individuals will be asked back, but by the beginning of next school year there should be 12 to 15 fewer full-time employees than this school year. Rasmussen and Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch described the process and rationale to the school board Tuesday during a work session.
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 voted to unwind its K-8 configuration Tuesday, directing Interim Superintendent Tom Gresch to hash out the details. Gresch hopes to have this done for the 2014-15 school year. The four K-8 schools, Trent, Trentwood, Otis Orchards and East Farms will be K-6 and a new middle school for seventh- and eighth-grade students will open. Continuous Curriculum School, which has always been K-8, will remain as it is.
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.