East Sac superintendent search continues

LAKE VIEW – The search for a superintendent for the East Sac County Community School District has yielded multiple applicants.

“As of this afternoon, we have 14 responses,” said board Secretary John Kraft. “Five of those are from out of state.”

The district’s ad on Teach Iowa offered either a full-time or part-time position depending on the wishes of the interim superintendent.

Superintendent Kevin Fiene announced his resignation in early April, citing family reasons. Attempts by the board to enter a superintendent sharing agreement with a neighboring district were unsuccessful earlier this month.

The school board will meet at noon Thursday for a closed session to consider and narrow down the 14 candidates. Kraft will then arrange interviews with the top selections.

ESC will get a backpack meals program next year, Fiene said. This will provide meals to some students to take home on the weekends, based on free and reduced lunches.

“It won’t be as large as we wanted because they can’t do that many, but yes it’s going to be in place,” Fiene said. “New Opportunities will put all the stuff together. They pick up the food, we have to get it from New Opportunities to the schools. We’re still working out the details, but it looks pretty seamless.”

New Opportunities is a nonprofit group serving Sac and six other counties.

The board also approved bills, including payments totaling about $316,855 to Apple, Inc., for new computers for the one-to-one program. Each high school student will receive a Mac laptop starting next year.

New wireless routers are being installed to support the computers.

The board also approved $119,100 to Thomas Bus Sales Inc. for two of the four new buses the board approved last summer.

“That is the final payment on the two new Thomas buses,” Kraft said. “We’ll be free and clear on those two, and we’ll just have the two Bluebirds on lease. We’ll have two payments on those yet.”

Fiene said the district’s new website is almost ready to go live, as well.

“We have seen it, and they are doing some fine-tuning. Our hope is at the end of May we will roll that out,” he said.

The board also approved the resignation of Vocal Music Director Kathryn Mosiman, the 2014-2015 master contract, and the 2014-2015 Schedule A and B contracts.