Meridian school district's top two leaders quit recently, but school board members are only looking to replace one of them for now. Members might be days away from appointing an interim superintendent.
Board members can't answer most questions when it comes to administrative issues. They're working on releasing a statement soon explaining why the superintendent and assistant superintendent resigned. After a two hour closed executive session at Wednesday's special board meeting, they can make one announcement.
"We went into closed session to consider an interim superintendent candidate and we're looking forward to moving forward." -says school board president Bruce Larson.
School board members held a private, informal interview with this unnamed candidate during Wednesday's executive session. We do know he or she has worked as a top administrator for a different district.
"It is a recently retired superintendent who does have superintendent experience and a considerable amount of education experience as well." -Larson explains.
With the focus on hiring new leadership, that leaves little time to clear up why Dr. Tom Gaudreau and Dr. Robert Morelan left.
"We're not really a whole lot closer because we're so engaged in trying to get things moving forward again and because it is a confidential, personnel matter." -says Larson.
We don't know when we'll have those answers. Naming an interim superintendent could be more fast-paced.
"We're hoping that may come as soon as next week."
The board not giving out answers could take a toll on another district problem, its $2 million deficit. Some parents worry if leaders don't answer why the two administrators stepped down, community members won't pass the property tax referendum that could solve more than half of the deficit. Larson thinks that could very well happen since they can't control public perception. School board members will meet again Thursday night, 7 p.m., at Monroe Center Elementary School in the gymnasium, for the second public hearing to discuss the referendum. It's open to public questions and comments on the deficit and proposed property tax increase.
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