MP plots strategy for superintendent search


(Posted April 4, 2018)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

The Madison-Plains school board met in special session April 3 to plot a strategy and timeline for replacing Superintendent Tim Dettwiller whose resignation becomes effective July 5.

Dettwiller has been with the district for seven years and superintendent since August 2014. He is under a retire/rehire contract. He submitted his letter of resignation in February.

Daniel R. Kaffenbarger, superintendent of Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center, is helping the board with the search. At the meeting, he asked board members to list what they want in the next superintendent and to write out a job description.

Kaffenbarger proposed that the board narrow the field of candidates to two by May 23, shortly before school is out for the summer.

During discussion about the superintendent search, board members were crowded around a small conference table in an office rather than their usual meeting room at the elementary school.

The school was without power due to the storm that downed trees, knocked over an electric pole, and blew down a farm building across the road.

“You may see lights in the buildings,” said Athletic Director Matt Mason who attended the meeting. “That’s because we have battery backup. But it doesn’t run the septic system and we can’t flush the toilets.”

The second item on the agenda for the special meeting was a budget reduction review, which the board decided to put off.  They then went into executive session to consider personnel issues.

The board’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 17.

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