December 3, 2013 Leave a comment
Board of Education keeping promise made to community
Moving forward with search for permanent Superintendent
RS for RS is pleased to share with our readers that our elected Directors are keeping their commitment made to our community this past Spring.
“Selecting a superintendent is our most important job, we take that responsibility very seriously. We will exercise due diligence in securing the most qualified superintendent we can find to ensure we move forward with our mission of doing whatever it takes for all students, ” said Bill Brown, Rockwood Board President, April 16, 2013.
“In the coming weeks, the school board will decide upon its plan to select a permanent superintendent, including a process and timeline”, noted Brown on May 16, 2013.
Motion made to delay superintendent search
However, Directors Rogers, Morrell and Arakelian voted against a motion to delay this search because the board had made a commitment to the community last Spring to conduct a full scale search for a permanent superintendent for Rockwood.
In a closed session meeting on October 17th Board Director Kinder made the following motion:
“ to remove the word “interim” from the title of Interim Superintendent of Schools and offer an employment contract with Dr. Terry Adams to serve as Superintendent of the Rockwood School District through the 2014-2015 school year, subject to the negotiation of terms and conditions acceptable to the Board”.
Motion by Keith Kinder, second by Bill Brown.
Final Resolution: Motion Carries – 4-3 by roll call vote
Yes: Bill Brown, Matt Doell, Keith Kinder, Loralee Mondl
No: Darby Jo Arakelian, Jeffrey Morrell, Sherri Rogers
It has been reported that following the vote, Dr. Adams removed himself from consideration for a second year of service as superintendent due to the divided vote of the board.
Dr. Terry Adams started serving as interim superintendent for Rockwood on July 1, replacing Dr. Bruce Borchers who accepted a superintendent position in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Dr. Adams previously was the superintendent of the Wentzville School District. He served there for seven years before coming to Rockwood.
While some observers have expressed concerned that the search is off to a late start, one Rockwood patron who posted an online comment makes a very good point:
“The reality is that anyone with an “interim” title will never be able to get a ton of things done because no one knows how long he will be there. Adams made it clear that he wasn’t interested in being a candidate for the permanent job, so it makes sense to move on with the process of hiring, ” posted Tim Murnin on November 24, 2013.