East Sac mulls share option

LAKE VIEW – The East Sac County school board voted unanimously Thursday to pursue a shared superintendent with the South Central Calhoun School District.

Though no final decision has been made, board members indicated that they would like to have South Central Calhoun Superintendent Jeff Kruse share responsibilities with the East Sac County Community School District.

ESC Superintendent Kevin Fiene is resigning to take a position with the Interstate 35 Community School District beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

In speaking with Kruse, Board President Chris Rodman said he was impressed by the administrator’s experience.

“He’s been doing this for several years, and has shared for about half of those years,” Rodman said. “I think he’s the right guy and I think it’s the right thing to do right now.”

By sharing a superintendent, ESC Business Manager John Kraft said the district would receive about $51,000 from the state, which is the equivalent of eight students.

If an agreement between Kruse and the district is not reached, the board would continue to pursue other options.

“If it doesn’t work, we’ll have to come back here and look at hiring a superintendent,” Rodman said. “We’d have to advertise and get ahold of a search firm and have several more meetings over the next month.”

Board member Lisa Drost asked about the possibility of hiring an interim superintendent, which Rodman agreed is an option to consider

Kraft agreed.

“You want to do something in the interim to facilitate sharing,” Kraft said. “That could be a discussion item for this board.”

He added that he would contact Kruse and the board would continue discussions about the sharing agreement.

“I’ll report to Chris and when there’s a decision that needs to be made we’ll call a special meeting of the board,” Kraft said. “We’ve got to keep moving on.”

Once a superintendent agreement is reached, Rodman indicated the board would discuss sharing a curriculum director.