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School Board Seeking Input in Search Committee

The MCCSC School Board met last night with IU Professor Emeritus Ronald Barnes to discuss several different approaches to proceeding with the superintendent search.  However, conversation quickly turned to plans to conduct a targeted search through the use of a committee composed of educational experts from IU and Ivy Tech and a range of community members.

Although no committee members have yet been selected… a number of names were mentioned … including I-U Provost Karen Hanson, Bloomington Area Chamber of Commerce President Christy Gillenwater, and Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart…  among others.

Board President Jeannine Butler says a self conducted focus search is fast and cost effective.

“It brings in the community, it’s inexpensive, it should happen fast." said Butler. "And we probably can’t wait until after March to find a permanent superintendent.”

Doctor Barnes estimates that the district could save as much as 40-thousand dollars by conducting the superintendent search themselves… rather than utilizing a search company… as the district has done in the past.

One area of concern for several board members was the possible price tag involved in paying a new superintendent.  Doctor Barnes said a comparative study of districts similar to the MCCSC places competitive compensation packages at over 200-thousand dollars a year.  However, that number includes more than just salary and figures in the value of retirement, annuities, and benefits.

For the moment, the board is asking the Bloomington community to submit names of both potential superintendents and search committee members.  They are asking people to direct those comments to Donna Zink at 330-7700.

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