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Lyndon schools seek ‘replacement with a cape’


LYNDON—At the Feb. 11 USD 421 Board of Education meeting, a representative from KASB informed board members of qualities sought for a replacement superintendent.

Randy Weseman, KASB, said promising applicants were already in the picture.

“If we put this all together, we’ll get someone with a cape who can leap buildings,” said Weseman. “I think we all know that’s rare.”

Weseman named qualities, including those who don’t micromanage, can maximize money, are able to develop efficient systems, not easily offended, with strong interpersonal skills, who is a great motivator among many more.

“My goal is to bring people to you and make your decision hard,” said Weseman.

Board members added some of their own suggestions.

“I want someone who’s going to move into the district,” said Bob Knoernschild, board president.

“They definitely have to know school finance and what’s going on with the legislature,” said Lynda Farwell, board member.

“Brian (Spencer), he’s fantastic at that and knows it as it’s changing,” said Eric Ratzloff, board member.

The board will review five applicants to potentially narrow down to three, March 23 at a special meeting and interview applicants, also at special meetings, scheduled for March 25, 26 and 30.

Ring of Honor

The board accepted honorees for the district’s Ring of Honor accomplishment. Honorees chosen are Lance Jones, Mary Ann Feltner and Fran Richmond.

In order to accept three nominations, Farwell, who acted as chairman of the committee, asked for a few amendments in the policy, including moving up the number of nominees to a maximum of three, every two years.

The guidelines also called for a decision to be made at the March Board of Education meeting. Members motioned to amend the policy to have selections prior to, or at the March board meeting.

“I also thought it might be nice if they each had their own separate thing or different ceremonies,” said Farwell.

“That could be appropriate to their contributions,” said Ratzloff.

Spencer said when notifying honorees and their families, he would inquire preferences on separate ceremonies or one larger ceremony.

In other business, the board:

• approved the purchase of a new sound system for the auditorium. The equipment and installation are not to exceed $9,990 from Kansas Audio Video, Topeka.

• were given an update on progress of the track project. Spencer said after speaking with Tony Twyman, Jones Trust, he will resubmit the track proposal for consideration of grant funding for the Trust’s next fiscal year. Spencer noted this shouldn’t affect the project timeline, if approved.

• approved the purchase of technology for students not to exceed $30,000. Grades K-2 will receive iPad minis and middle school classes are to receive Google Chromebooks. Funding for the technology is available through various grants.

• approved a request from the professional development committee for teachers to attend different school districts during an April 17 inservice day.

• approved the teacher evaluation plan.

• accepted the resignation of Tonya Newkirk, middle school language arts teacher.

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