Residents share ideas for filling Madison-Plains staff vacancies

(Posted July 2, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Madison-Plains Local Schools has two major vacancies to fill with the recent resignations of Superintendent Boone Hall and high school Principal Chris Clark.

While the school board has not announced how they will go about selecting replacements, some district residents shared their advice at a June 30 special board meeting.

“Don’t rush into a new superintendent. Don’t rush into a new principal,” said resident Tom Phillips, urging the board to take time to consider a wide range of candidates rather than “rubberstamping” someone through.

“I know you’re going to pick the best candidates for the job, whether they’re from inside or outside the district,” he said.

Former Madison-Plains school board member Don Swonger advised the board to take this time to come to a consensus on their goals and mission for the district, as well as the management style they want in their next superintendent.

“I recommend using a committee to do interviews,” he said, suggesting the inclusion of parents and people in business, rather than exclusively board members. He said such an approach would give credibility to the board and the person who gets the job.

Swonger also praised Hall for the work he has done as superintendent.

“You brought this school district back from the edge of death twice,” he said.

At the meeting, the school board officially accepted Hall’s and Clark’s resignations. They did not comment on the resignations or their plans for hiring replacements. They did go into executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel issues.

The school board called a special meeting for 7 p.m. July 2 to discuss personnel issues. The board’s next regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. July 15.

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