Delta schools still trying to fill leadership post

Delta School District 50J School Board members plan to hire the district’s personnel director, Caryn Gibson, as the next interim superintendent.

The board plans to approve a contract for Gibson at a June 8 special board meeting. Gibson said her contract likely will last one year. Her pay as interim superintendent has yet to be determined, according to School Board member Kathy Svenson.

If the contract is approved, Gibson will replace current interim superintendent Jerre Doss, who filled in as interim after former Delta Superintendent Mike McMillan resigned in January. Doss’ contract will expire at the end of next month.

Svenson said the board decided to offer the interim job to Gibson rather than ask Doss to stay after some parents complained to the board about a couple of non-tenured elementary school teachers not being asked to return for the 2012–13 school year under Doss’ leadership. Gibson said the board may consider re-instating at least one of the teachers.

Gibson said her duties as personnel director will be allocated to two assistant superintendents the district plans to hire as soon as next week. The board decided in April to seek an assistant superintendent after a superintendent candidate search ended in the board not approving two of the three finalists for the top job and the other candidate choosing to remove his name from consideration for the position.

The superintendent search is expected to resume in November.

School Board President Tom Mingen resigned from the board Friday during the same executive session where Gibson was chosen as a finalist for interim superintendent. Mingen did not respond to a call for comment Tuesday but Svenson said the resignation was because Mingen, who is retired, wanted to travel with his wife after she took a new job that requires her to travel frequently.

Eleven people applied earlier this month for the district’s assistant superintendent position. Gibson said because the board decided Friday to ask her to become superintendent, the plan now is to hire an assistant superntendent who is focused on pre-K through eighth-grade and one who is focused on high school grades. Both assistants will be expected to handle personnel duties for their respective grade blocks due to Gibson’s expected change in position. Interviews for the assistant posts will begin this Thursday and Friday.

Gibson said she may apply for the permanent post so she can focus on long-term fiscal stability and building better relationships within the district. She was supposed to become the director this year of the Delta/Montrose Technical College, which is affiliated with District 50. An interim will take that post for the next year, she said, until Gibson either takes that job or is hired as superintendent.

“This is my 25th year in education. I don’t know if being superintendent was my main goal to start with, but with all the changes in the district, I felt we needed to move forward and I felt I was the person to bring the district together,” Gibson said.

Svenson said Gibson was a clear choice for the interim position.

“I like her attitude and I did from the day I was elected,” Svenson said.


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