The Ottumwa Courier

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March 28, 2013

Talks continue over Van Buren schools superintendent

KEOSAUQUA — The Van Buren school board continues to discuss which direction the district should take as to the hiring of a new superintendent.

Earlier this year, current Superintendent Lisa Beames submitted her resignation, effective June 30; she will assume the superintendent’s post in Anamosa.

The Van Buren board must decide whether to hire its own superintendent or consider sharing the position with a neighboring district.

Harmony Superintendent and Principal Dennis Phelps, who was a finalist with Beames for the Anamosa job, turned in his resignation at Harmony to accept the superintendent’s position at Pekin. Some Harmony school board members have expressed support to enter into discussions with Van Buren about the possibility of sharing.

At last month’s Van Buren board meeting, most members said they would be willing to discuss sharing with Harmony or another neighboring district. During a work session afterward, the board members considered questions they need to ask in regards to sharing programs or personnel.

The board also reviewed the application that the prospective superintendent will fill out and also the superintendent search survey results. The board approved a prospectus for interested applicants which describes the district, its centers, staff and infrastructure.

The salary will be in the range of $128,000, “plus an excellent comprehensive benefits package,” according to the application. The final salary will be negotiated and determined based upon proven experience, qualifications and meeting board criteria.

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