Central Valley Continues Examining Administrative Reorganization; Approves Prom Plans
Buxton – The Central Valley School Board held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting Wednesday morning in the School library. During the meeting the council set the date and times for hearings regarding the reorganization of duties or non-renewal of two staff members, Superintendent Jeremy Brandt and technology teacher Tracy Foss. The private hearing will be next Monday April 19th beginning at 7 pm, and it will not be open to the public. Principal Frank Justin was also notified he would be part of the hearing before he sent in his resignation last week. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as declining enrollment at the school has led to concerns from the board about future finances and ways to alleviate potential problems. During the meeting a motion was voted on about canceling the entire process, however that was defeated. School board president Dave Seyfried says this process has not been meant to question the staff in those positions, but instead to figure out ways to keep the district viable in the future.
The board also discussed adding an early retirement policy for teachers. Longtime teacher Rick Sondrol has discussed with Seyfried about the possibility of a buyout on his contract. Speaking at the meeting Sondrol said it could be a win-win for both him and the district. Replacing him could save the district over $100,000 over seven years, while allowing him to pursue other interests before he fully retires. Seyfried said the school is currently lacking an early retirement policy and the school’s committee will bring forth one for approval at the May meeting.
Also during the meeting, the school board approved their plan for this year’s prom, which will be held May 8th. The event won’t actually take place at the school but at the Reynolds Community Center with some COVID-19 precautions. Superintendent Jeremy Brandt says many students look forward to the prom, and after not having it last year they are glad the school can offer it this spring.
The board did approve the Resignation of Principal Frank Justin as well Athletic Director Nathan Walsh. The next school board meeting was moved up to the first Wednesday of May and will be held on the 5th at 7:00 am.