Knowing May 31 is not the ideal time of year to find a permanent superintendent; the Clarinda School Board will first research the availability of an interim.
The strategy was agreed upon after the board approved Friday, May 31 the resignation of Deron Stender effective June 30. He has served in Clarinda since 2016 moving here from Minnesota. Stender accepted the same position earlier this week at Creston.
“It’s bad timing but I don’t feel we are under the gun,” said board member Darin Sunderman about the status of the board and finding the next leader. “I’d be in of an interim.”
Stender was in attendance and did not comment. Administrative positions for the next school year are typically determined before the summer break.
“The pool (of applicants) is not great this time of year and other districts are looking,” said board president Greg Jones. “I’ve already heard from search firms, other boards and those who are interested.”
Other board members also favored using an interim during the search for a long term superintendent. Board member Ann Meyer inquired about sharing the position. Jones said Clarinda is one of the few districts in Southwest Iowa that does not already share a superintendent.
High school principal Denise Green suggested contacting the Area Education Agency for assistance with the search for a superintendent.
Jones said he would communicate with the entire Clarinda school district staff about the board’s plan and strategy for district operations and the search for the next superintendent.
The board will plan meetings with building administration about district operations without a superintendent.
“We will rely on you,” Sunderman said to Green, middle school principal Paul Henely and director of student services Allison Wellhausen who were in attendance.
The board is researching an extensive, multi-million dollar, district-wide facility project from building upgrades to new construction. Jones does not want that proposal to stop just because there is no superintendent.
“It’s got legs,” he said about its development. “It’s a community project.”
In other board news…
The board welcomed former board member Scott McComb May 31. He was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting. He fills a vacancy created by Nola Bond’s resignation May 13. McComb will finish her term which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.
“It’s good to be back,” McComb said, who did not run for re-election after his last term expired in 2017. He had served a total of 14 years. “Thanks for having the confidence in me.”