Elizabeth Doney Havre Daily News firstname.lastname@example.org
The Havre Public School Board held another special meeting to address questions of administration staffing needs on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at Robin’s Administration. The biggest question that the board made a decision on during the meeting was the extended appointment of Dennis Parman as interim superintendent for the entire 2007- 2008 school year. “We feel confident with Dennis’ capabilities of assuming the responsibilities for an interim superintendent,” Todd Hansen, vice-chair for the board said. “We will initiate the search process sometime at the end of 2007 or at the beginning of 2008. That is the time when most districts look to replace either a retiring or moving superintendent. “ The board is still in limbo about what duties Parman will retain of his assistant superintendent duties and the best way to cover what he is not able to. “We may be looking at shifting people around or hiring a part-time, maybe full-time person to replace Parman’s position,” Hansen said. “Dennis did announce that he has no intentions of applying for the superintendent position next year ,and he will resume his position as assistant superintendent following our selection for 2008-09 superintendent. The board aims to search outside the district in its recruiting process. That will involve the selection of a consultant to recruit candidates and advertise, develop a leadership profile and time line, assist in screening applications and plan the interview process with the board, model the superintendent contracts and assist with the contract negotiations. Because of his extended contract, that selection process has been postponed. Consultants in the running include the Montana School Boards Association Search Services based in Helena, Northwest Leadership Association based in Washington and BWP out of Libertyville, Illinois. Also on the agenda for the special board meeting was the personnel hiring Andrew Smith as P.E. teacher to replace Ryan Fink who resigned effective May 31. Smith also was appointed to the Head Boys Basketball coach. See sports page A7 for full story. Other personnel action was the acceptance of resignations effective May 31 from Amanda Roness, paraprofessional and Becky David, temporary community education secretary. The district will be interviewing this afternoon for the high school principal position. Principal Jim Donovan was appointed to the business management position formerly held by state recognized Ric Floren. The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Robin’s Administration building.