Unit One Superintendent Bill Hatfield pointed out to the board there is one vacancy for the two-year unexpired term, which no one ran for. According to Hatfield, the district has notified Regional Superintendent Janet Ulrich of the vacancy and the board will have 30 days to fill the vacancy. Otherwise, he explained the Regional Office of Education will fill it.
He said one person had already contacted him about the opening and pointed out when news spreads that there is a vacancy, more people might express interest. He also said he expects the board may have to hold a special meeting prior to next month’s regular meeting in order to take action to appoint someone to the board.
On a related note, Hatfield mentioned that the May meeting would be held on Monday, May 20, pointing out the regular fourth Monday meeting conflicts with the Memorial Day holiday.
The board’s only action regarding the issue of personnel was a resignation from Massac County High School Football Coach Kelly W. Glass, who had submitted a letter of resignation.
In Glass’ letter he wrote, “I knew this day would come sometime, but never really planned or prepared for it. Over half my life I’ve devoted to Metropolis/Massac County football, it sure means a lot, maybe even kind of my identity.”
“It feels awkward discussing the end. The memories and relationships developed have been a blessing from God.” Glass said in his letter, accepting the assistant head football position at McCracken County High School, is the reason he is resigning from his position with Massac Unit One.
“It’s been a long, difficult decision ... it’s really hard after 36 years,” he writes. A motion was made and passed accepting Glass’ resignation.
The newly seated board received some good news when Hatfield told the board members the state would likely be making available another matching maintenance grant. Hatfield said the state would provide $50,000 and the district would then have to match that amount with $50,000.
Under unfinished business, the board turned its attention to the search for a new superintendent. Board members Linda Grace and Larry Sommer explained they had talked to a representative from the Illinois School Board Association (ISBA) and with William Phillips, consultant with Midwest School Consultants.
The third option, Grace pointed out would be for the district to conduct its own search for a new superintendent.
According to Grace, Phillips, who is also a college professor, explained that he would post the position on the appropriate websites and would select the six best candidates for the board. But, Grace stressed he would send all of the applications that are submitted to the district.
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