Tuesday, February 15, 2011

JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman says it's time to 'move on'

Board wisely avoids Ray & Associates

This from Toni Konz at the Courier-Journal:

Superintendent Sheldon Berman’s contract to head Jefferson County schools won’t be extended.

Shortly before the school board was scheduled to discuss a potential extension Monday night, Berman asked it to drop the discussion from its agenda. Board chairman Steve Imhoff complied, and the board voted 7-0 later in the meeting to hire a Nebraska executive search firm to help it find a successor to the embattled superintendent.

“At this point, I think it’s time for all of us to move on,” Berman told the board.

Afterward, he told reporters that “working with either a divided board or a board that has some concerns – it may be better to move on and let them select a new superintendent.” ...

After setting aside the Berman issue, board members voted to hire McPherson and Jacobson of Omaha, Neb., to help them find a new superintendent. The board has not yet approved a contract, but according to a proposal the firm submitted to the board last week the search is expected to cost the district $36,500 plus travel, office and advertising expenses.

Imhoff said he will negotiate an agreement and should have a contract ready for approval by the end of the month.

Two other search firms – Greenwood/Asher & Associates of Miramar Beach, Fla., and Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa – had interviewed before the board last week, along with the Omaha firm...

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