Super search underway

The search for the next superintendent of the Warren County School District is underway.

And figuring out who is going to run the district during the search process has been nailed down.

The school district’s board of directors has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, before committee meetings, to meet with Tom Templeton of the Pennsylvania School Board Association to discuss the search process.

Looking for the next schools chief will be a slightly different process than it was two years ago.

“The law has changed,” Board President Arthur Stewart told the board on Monday. “The superintendent’s contract requirements have changed. You have to have objective goals set forth in the contract itself.”

Such goals were not part of recently-resigned Superintendent Brandon Hufnagel’s contract. “We have those goals in our annual goal sessions,” Stewart added, explaining that incorporating the goals into the contract requires that the district more accurately define the criteria it is seeking in the next superintendent.

He then recommended that the board schedule the special meeting to met with Templeton, who can offer a menu of the services that the PSBA can provide to aid in the search.

He advised that the board consider utilizing PSBA. He explained that the school district attempted to gather a qualified applicant pool on its own during the last hiring process but was not satisfied with the results. In May or June of 2011, he added, the district “retained the services of PSBA (and) went through tier search process and received a much larger pool that we felt satisfactory to proceed with.”

In the meantime, the board unanimously appointed Amy Stewart to serve as acting superintendent effective immediately. The motion passed by the board specifically includes that she will return to the position of director of administrative support services upon the hire of the next superintendent.

She will receive a $4,000 monthly salary increase while she is acting superintendent and administrators Jim Grosch, Gary Weber, Patty Hawley-Horner and Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht will each receive an additional $1,500 monthly.

Stewart said the additional compensation, which comes from the money that would be allocated to a superintendent, is due to the added responsibilities those individuals will take on the superintendent search.

He thanked them for “stepping up to the plate” and reminded them, “We want there to be excellent communication….If you do think there is a need that can be fulfilled in a different manner then the board wants to be completely open to that exchange.”