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Greenfield School Board Decides to Wait, Again

Board members put off a decision to replace former Superintendent Conrad Farner on an interim basis until Feb. 11, nearly a full month after Farner's last day.

Greenfield School Board member Russ Spahn was only kidding, but he might as well have been serious when he told Assistant to the Superintendent Erica Wendelberger to “just book the room for every Monday night.”

Spahn made the joke Monday after board members unanimously decided to table an important decision regarding the filling of the superintendent vacancy for yet another week.

On the agenda for the second straight week was a discussion and possible decision to “approve compensation for performance of additional duties related to the Superintendent and Director of Business Services roles.”

Options include hiring an interim superintendent or allowing the duties of the superintendent to be fulfilled from an administrator within the district.

Board members debated the same thing Jan. 28, but came to no conclusion. Deliberations Monday produced an identical result.

Board members will hold a special meeting again Monday, Feb. 11, to discuss its next move again. It will be the board’s sixth straight special meeting in as many weeks, all centered on the leaving of Superintendent Conrad Farner, whose last day was Jan. 15, and how to replace him.

The decision not to move forward Monday came after nearly 3 hours of board business in closed session, half of which was spent interviewing representatives from search firms to help the board hire a new superintendent.

Some, if not all, of the other half, presumably, was spent debating what to do in the immediate future.

The board did make one decision regarding the key vacancy Monday, and that was to choose the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to help assist in finding a new superintendent.

Assuming the contract is OKed by the district’s legal team, WASB will receive no more than $12,500 and will start its search Feb. 11. The goal of WASB will be to fill the role permanently by the end of April.

“WASB had an excellent presentation, they had good ideas and I think they’ll be a good fit for us,” Board president Bruce Bailey said. “They’ll talk to the public and other stakeholders and will get us the best superintendent they can for the job.”

John Seymour February 11, 2013 at 07:06 PM
There is nothing wrong with the entire education system in WI. Yes there are problems in large, urban settings which has more to do with societal issues. Turning over $6,000 plus per student to schools with no system to see if they are improving is ridiculous. See the recent Journal/Sentinel article where the leader of a choice school said the only way they track student growth is with a grade book on the desk...and that they threw away attendance records. That is not the answer.
mr.chris a engel February 12, 2013 at 02:30 AM
the present leadership is not the answer they are the problem.this regime has been there for thirty years and what do we have? 69% proficiant at GREENFIELD is not accetible .Relace the leadership!
John Seymour February 12, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Chris...nice spelling.
mr.chris a engel February 12, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Its my public education so shoot the mesenger because you dont like the message. thats smart
Gene February 13, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Greendale is dissatisfied with the results. The board election has three challengers against three incumbents in a place that has been quiet for year. Greendale got a candidate resigned his last position after less than one year. We can do better.

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