South Routt School Board to consider structure of superintendent position
March 11, 2014
Steamboat Springs — As South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader prepares to leave at the end of the school year, the district's school board will reconsider the position of superintendent and see if there are better options for the district.
The South Routt School Board held a meeting Monday to discuss Mader's resignation, and board President Jules Palyo said Tuesday that members of the board will research how other districts have structured the position of superintendent, whether full-time or part-time.
The board has scheduled a meeting for March 27, when it hopes to come away with consensus about what the superintendent position should look like in the future and how to proceed with a search, either in-house or with help from an outside firm.
"In this time in between, we're just trying to gather data," Palyo said.
"We're going to look at other school districts," he said. "Look at their job description. Look at ours. Look if it still works."
Everything is on the table, Palyo added, with the idea of making the school district as efficient as it can be.
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"If it (a change to the position) does save money, that's great, but that's not the primary reason," he said.
Palyo said there's no early push for a certain new structure or idea. And he said he’s not saying the current system doesn't work.
No agenda has been drafted for the March 27 meeting, but Palyo said the structure of the superintendent position will be one of the main topics of discussion.
"Once we determine that, then we'll immediately start to talk about how are we going to find that person," he said.
Changing the school district's superintendent position or job description would require an action item and successive meetings to adopt policy, according to the district's bylaws.
Palyo said he personally hoped that reviewing the job description of the superintendent wouldn't take any longer than the March 27 meeting or the following meeting.
"We need to get going on that," he said about the search for the district's next leader.
Mader leaves at the end of June.
"It wouldn't be the end of the world to have a little gap," Palyo said. "The best thing would be to have someone there."