By Ken Ross, Managing Editor
A combination of optimism and concern was expressed at a joint meeting of the Cherokee and Aurelia school boards on Wednesday evening at the Washington High School library.
In light of the retirement of Marlin Lode, superintendent of the Cherokee District, at the end of the current school year, the Aurelia School District initiated contact for the purpose of discussing the possible sharing of the services of the Aurelia superintendent, Tom Vint.
The Cherokee School Board is in the process of selecting a school superintendent and Vint will be included in the interview process as an alternative to a full-time superintendent.
One proposal is to have Vint's salary and time be divided up about 75 percent for Cherokee and 25 percent for Aurelia, based on the relative enrollments of the districts.
It was noted that other administrators in both districts would have to assume added duties and the citizens of both districts would have to adjust to not having the superintendent as accessible as they are used to.
It was also speculated that there could also be other shared activities, such as staff development, if the districts shared a superintendent.
If the proposed sharing is implemented, it was recommended that one district hold the superintendent's contract and that an agreement be reached for sharing duties on an annual basiss.