Ozark school district selects new superintendent

Superintendent Steve Chiaro said because the district has at least eight months before Lewis is expected to leave, the board of education has the opportunity to seek more applicants if it does not find the right candidate for the position among those being interviewed this week.

This meeting followed an emergency meeting that was not scheduled on Sunday April 1. According to Gonzales Teachers' Association co-president and Gonzales High School Teacher Fidencio Cuevas, approximately 14 teachers have been let go under Modena. Or the schools' could hire "multi-classroom leaders", highly effective teachers who have responsibilities to coach other teachers and work with students outside of their own classrooms.

The district's school buildings already have security aides, mainly in the middle and high schools. "For example, we've managed to get a good financial package that would allow all our kids to have computers.That took several years in order to get that through in our town".

As a graduate of Austin-East and Project GRAD, Satterfield says she understands the importance of college-ready programs, like Project GRAD, and magnet schools.

The district's budget under this model includes a $60,000 allocation for a salary of a retired police officer to be a school resource officer.

"If you look at the slide, you kind of lose the $250,000 at the bottom", Magara said.

Traditionally. most of the board members have hailed from the Santa Maria and Orcutt areas.

"We think that's critical", Thornton said.

The district chose five people out of 28 applicants and announced two finalists earlier this week.

Later, the board hopes to extend the program to all interested district sophomores, provided that state education officials decide to continue to give the district funds based on average daily attendance of all students.

Dahman and the school board agreed to a 2017-18 contract that included extensions through the 2019-20 school year. She thanked the council for the recent pay raises that School Board and City Council passed past year.

A formal complaint was filled with the Fall River State's Attorney Office last Wednesday, alleging the Hot Springs School Board violated open meeting law in its March meeting.

But knowing how to handle one.that's something this school district is taking upon itself.

"We have not changed anything since the preliminary (budget)", Finnegan said, explaining that the district is still working to reduce expenditures in advance of the adoption of the final budget.

Board member Byron Gladden used his closing comments at the end of the meeting to share his gratitude to the board for agreeing to seek the flexibility for the struggling schools.

  • Eleanor Harrison