With the recent resignation of Altamont superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch, the Altamont Community Unit School District Number 10 has begun their search for a new superintendent.
At their school board meeting last Monday, Feb. 12, the board voted 5-2 to approve the hiring of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) to lead the search for a new superintendent for a fee not to exceed $6,900.
The board heard a presentation from Tom Lahey who represented IASB. He explained to the school board what all IASB will do for the district to help accurately and quickly find the best candidates for the opening.
Lahey explained that IASB has access to multiple online forums for posting the superintendent opening which reaches every administrator in the state of Illinois a well as many in the surrounding states as well. IASB will then determine what qualities Altamont as a whole is looking for in a new superintendent by taking information from surveys done by the school board, Altamont administrators and teachers, and even students. This will help IASB to narrow down the candidate field to those individuals they believe will be the best fit for the district.
It will ultimately still be the school board’s decision, but IASB will help to take care of screening and background checks on any potential hires. They will also provide the school board with the tools to properly evaluate prospects when they get to the interviewing stage.
The timeline to make a hire is projecting to be by the end of May. If the right full time candidate is not found by then, the school board can go with an interim hire. IASB will then restart the process in the fall at no additional cost.
“IASB’s relationships within the state are likely to bring us the best candidates,” stated board member Kerry Wolf.
In other school board news, the board approved the second reading of the Board Policy Updates. They still have one more approval to make of the third reading of them during next month’s meeting.
High School Physical Education and Biology teacher Peggy Bueker was named the interim High School Athletic Director. She takes over following the untimely death of Mr. Todd Arnold last month.
There were six applicants for the interim position and a full time hire will not happen until this fall. She will be filling only the athletic director role, and not the assistant principal role which Arnold held. Bueker will receive a pro rated stipend for being athletic director on top of her teacher salary.
“I believe Mrs. Bueker will provide the smoothest transition and the least disruption for our students and athletic programs,” said ACHS principal Jerry Tkachuk of the potential candidates.
The board approved the requested maternity leave for third grade teacher Mrs. Kelsey Burrow.
Trenton Deadmond was approved as a volunteer assistant coach for the high school boys and girls track teams.
A graduation date was set for the class of 2018 seniors. Commencement will be held on May 19, 2018 at 7 p.m.
The board also approved two intergovernmental agreements. The first was with Regional Safe Schools and the second was with Regional Alternative Schools.