The school board will replace a departing senior employee, despite having strongly implied during public meetings last spring that it wouldn’t.
At budget consultation meetings last year, held to hear from islanders on how to cope substantial funding cuts, the issue of the human resource manager’s cost to the district was raised, and each time the board’s answer was the same; he is leaving at the end of the year.
The position was vacated just before Christmas when Ernie Inglehart left the district, and now the board is advertising for a replacement, a combination assistant superintendent and human resources position.
“Rather than wear out our staff completely, perhaps there is a time where the board has to take a serious look ..if we can support them,” school board chair Andreas Uttendorfer said. He says that basically there are two people currently doing senior administrative work, the secretary-treasurer and the superintendent, and “it is a bit of a stretch”.
Mr. Uttendorfer also said there are growing administrative duties, saying “we have to be careful we don’t overstretch the people who are working here.” He also noted that while the board is advertising for the position, “by no means (has) the final decision been made on this.”
It is expected the new administrator will be paid between $60,000 and $80,000 per year to start. Deadline to apply is Friday (January 24).
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