Monroe County Community School Corporation officials say they are holding a public work session Wednesday in response to a number of complaints over a series of closed meetings which took place in the wake of outgoing Superintendent J.T. Coopman’s decision to retire. According to MCCSC School Board President Jeannine Butler the earlier executive sessions were used to meet with Indiana University Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership Ronald Barnes. Barnes is also on the Board of Directors for BWP and Associates… the company which handled several previous MCCSC superintendent searches.
Butler says the board plans to use today’s meeting to continue questioning Barnes about the district’s current superintendent search.
“He has some ideas about how we can do it at hopefully little or no cost to the school corporation,” said Butler.
Butler said at a meeting last week that she does not anticipate the board appointing a new permanent superintendent until after the end of the current school year, adding she feels the district does not want any candidate that would leave a corporation mid-semester. In the mean time, the district must have some form of interim leadership appointed by the end of the month.
The meeting this evening will begin at 5:30PM and will be held in the board room of the Administration Building, room 136.