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St. Joseph School District Board of Education Work Session Minutes ...

St. Joseph School DistrictBoard of Education Work Session MinutesDecember 27, 2012The St. Joseph School District Board of Education met in Work Session on December 27,2012 in the Board of Education Conference Room, 925 Felix Street, St. Joseph, Missouri,at 9:00 a.m.Roll CallBoard Members Present: Dr. Dan Colgan, Chris Danford, Sue Wagner, Dennis Snethen,Martin Rucker, and Sarah Siemens. Brad Haggard was absent.Also Present: Dr. Bob Watkins and Dr. Paul James, Missouri School Boards’Association; Steve Huff, Assistant to the Superintendent; and Debbie Consolver, BoardSecretaryCall to OrderDr. Colgan, Board President, called the meeting to order. Due to the recentannouncement that Dr. Melody Smith, Superintendent of Schools, will retire as of June30, 2013, the Board will be conducting a Superintendent Search.Superintendent SearchDr. Colgan introduced Dr. Paul James and Dr. Bob Watkins, associates with MissouriSchool Boards’ Association (MSBA).Dr. Watkins and Dr. James thanked the Board for inviting them to the Work Session.They stated they have been performing superintendent searches for MSBA for over 10years and have conducted over 200 searches. They reviewed the Agreement that theDistrict would be entering into with MSBA to perform the Superintendent Search. Thecost would range from $13,000 to $17,500 (8 percent of the superintendent’s salary forthe first year), plus travel expenses capped at $1500.A copy of the Agreement is attached to the Minutes.Dr. Watkins and Dr. James then reviewed the information that will be included in theSuperintendent Search Flyer that will be sent out to several hundred consultant contactsfor a national search. In addition, mailings will be sent to colleges and universities withNCATE accredited programs for superintendents; school administrators and school boardassociation, schools in the state and educational leaders.Dr. Watkins and Dr. James informed the Board regarding the process of the search,including background work, reference checks, and interviews with others that are notSJSD Board of Education Work Session Meeting Minutes – December 27, 2012 Page 1


listed as references. They will report the positive and negative results to the Board andthey have a no-surprise policy.Dr. Watkins reported they are members of a Superintendent Search group that has accessto background information on applicants from over 40 states.Dr. Watkins and Dr. James then asked the Board to come up with a list of those thatshould be invited to focus group sessions to determine what they would want in asuperintendent. They asked the Board members to send their list of individuals and/ororganizations that should be invited by January 8, 2013 to Ms. Consolver. She will thenset up meetings so the Board can meet with these individuals and organizations. Dr.Colgan reminded the Board that this is their process, not an individual board member’sprocess. It is whatever the Board feels is the best direction to go in this process.Mr. Watkins assured the Board that they are working for the Board; that is they are notagents to get a particular person a job. They will bring the Board the best candidates forthe job. MSBA will facilitate the process and provide tested questions to guide the Boardin the interview process.The Board then discussed the Position Information that will be listed in the flyer. Afterconsiderable discussion it was decided that the salary range would be $150,000 -$200,000; Experience would be central office experience required, and Education/Degreewould be doctorate preferred. A multi-year contract of three years would be offered.The Board decided they would place the proposed Agreement with MSBA to conduct theSuperintendent Search on the January 14, 2013 Board agenda for a vote of the full Board.They invited Dr. Watkins and Dr. James to attend the meeting.Dr. Watkins, Dr. James, and the Board then came up with the following timeline:Jan 3 – the posting will be prepared and sent outJan 14 – the Board will vote to hire MSBA to perform the Superintendent Search. Dr.Watkins and Dr. James will attend the Board meetingJan 15 – community engagement meetings will beginFeb 8 – deadline to receive applicationsFeb 13 – Board Executive Session will be held to review the applicationsThe Board assigned Debbie Consolver, Board Secretary, and Steve Huff, Assistant to theSuperintendent, to be the contact persons within the District regarding the search.Mr. James handed out a packet to the Board and Mr. Watkins reviewed it with the Board.The Board is to complete a Focus Group questionnaire and return it to Ms. ConsolverSJSD Board of Education Work Session Meeting Minutes – December 27, 2012 Page 2


efore January 14 th . The Board also needs to give Ms. Consolver their suggestions ofpeople and organizations to invite to the community engagement sessions.Ms. Consolver will e-mail Mr. Haggard informing him of the assignments and will mailhim a copy of the packet that was handed out at today’s meeting.The Board will meet again at its regular meeting on January 14, 2013.The Board adjourned at 10:32 a.m.Respectfully Submitted,Ms. Debbie ConsolverSecretary, Board of EducationSJSD Board of Education Work Session Meeting Minutes – December 27, 2012 Page 3

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