MV 256’s Meyer to resign



April 27, 2010 - 12:00 AM

MORAN — Nancy Meyer, completing her fourth year as superintendent of USD 256 schools, resigned effective June 30 Monday night. As an adjunct to Meyer’s resignation, board members agreed to pay her health insurance premiums through Oct. 1.
The resignation didn’t end discussions about how Marmaton Valley schools, with enrollment of 365, will be administered.
Board members will meet again at 7 p.m. Monday for a planning session. No decision will occur then, Patti Boyd, board president, said, stressing that board members will discuss only what to do next.
Meyer’s future had been tenuous.
On April 12 board members met in a series of executive sessions that lasted past midnight to discuss how they might realign administration of the district. A consideration then, and apparently now, was to have Ken McWhirter, elementary principal, and Jeremy Boldra, middle and high schools principal, remain in their positions and share duties that previously were Meyer’s as superintendent.
Another approach entered the equation Monday night. At her urging Boyd was appointed to discuss sharing a top administrator with any district of class 3A classification or smaller within a 25-mile radius of Moran.
Mentioned specifically were Crest USD 479 in Colony and USD 258 in Humboldt. USD 235 at Uniontown also would fit the criteria.
“It’s inevitable that we’re going to get sucked up by someone,” said Brenda Swanson, a board member.
Meyer, before board members acted on her resignation, told them she had received no direction from the state Department of Education since a report early this year to legislators touted financial advantages of consolidation and laid out strategies for combining smaller districts with larger ones.
“We have seen some movement (to consolidation) by very small school districts,” Meyer said.
At their planning meeting, “We’ll still be looking at administration as a personnel issue,” Boyd said. “We’ll try to bring it all together and do what is best for kids.”
For years, the deadline for renewing contracts of school personnel has been May 1. An extension to May 21 is expected as legislators wrestle with how to close a $510 million revenue shortfall, which will determine state aid cuts for K-12 education.
Concern about general fund budget cuts of more than $200,000 for the 2010-11 budget was among reasons for board members to discuss streamlining administration. Meyer’s salary is $77,000.
The district has made cuts to deal with state aid reductions for this school year and discussed several, including fewer athletic coaches, for the coming year. Cost-cutting of significance, other than through what now appears to be certain reconfiguration of the district’s administration, apparently won’t occur until after legislators decide what state aid will be for next school year.
BOARD MEMBERS voted to extend teacher and most supplemental duties contracts. Some supplemental contracts won’t be decided until the numbers of students participating in the various athletic and other extracurricular activities are known.
David Pitts, an assistant football coach at Parsons High School last fall, was hired as head football coach at Marmaton Valley High.

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