11th-Hour Withdrawal Restarts Boyertown’s Superintendent Search

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The Boyertown School Board was so close.

After a monthslong superintendent search, the board had selected a candidate and agreed on a contract.

The last step was his appointment, which at one point was expected to take place Tuesday.

But to begin Tuesday’s meeting, board President Gwen W. Semmens made this announcement instead:

“We had a potential candidate who withdrew at the very last moment.  We’ll be looking for new candidates.”

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=477464

Dr. Lindley Tapped For Top Job At PSD

In a surprise move (wink), the Pottstown School Board gave Assistant Superintendent Reed Lindley a promotion to Superintendent of Schools last night.

Have to say I saw this coming, based on different thing I picked up on, so there was no point in me attending last night’s meeting.

We certainly wish Dr. Lindley well in his new position and hope that he and the BOE can move PSD forward during these turbulent economic times.  There is much work to do and much at stake.

Good luck Dr. Lindley!

Pottstown School District Superintendent Search

I must agree with the sentiments expressed in today’s Mercury by Pastor Vernon Ross of Bethel A.M.E. Church.  What is the big hurry to hire someone?  The same idea behind the President’s Task Force should be applied to the superintendent search.  This decision affects over 3,000 children in our community!  We need community input!

The three internal candidates are all very qualified people and should be extended every consideration.  However, we owe it to ourselves to find the best qualified person to move PSD forward.  Should we not exhaust a few resources to do so? 

We should open the posting for this position to the outside world!  We are limiting ourselves, as usual, by only looking inward.  There are people on the outside who have an interest but are unable to apply.

Hiring an interim superintendent seems to be a giant waste of money.  We have two Assistant Superintendents already.  They should be able to hold the wheel during the selection process.  The salaries are almost identical. 

I implore the School Board not to make any hasty decisions on hiring the person who will replace Mr. Krem.  We need to look further than our own backyard to ensure we select the most qualified individual.  I am not saying that person may not already be here.  But it is worth taking some extra time (school’s out for the summer) to explore all of our options.

Pottstown School District Superintendent Search

With David Krem announcing his departure as Superintendent of Schools, the top job is open again.

I have noticed a number of people have called into Sound Off and mentioned Myra Forrest as a possible contender for this position.  Certainly she should be seriously considered.

Food for thought….any comments?

More School District Drama As Boyertown Elects New Superintendent Of Schools

As if Owen J. Roberts hasn’t provided enough superintendent drama, Boyertown Area School District has now jumped on the bandwagon.

Boyertown has hired a new superintendent to succeed Dr. Morgan, who is retiring.  However, there is already a kerfluffle afoot as a divided board elected the new superintendent.  Dr. Dion E. Betts of South Western School District in Hanover, York County was elected by a narrow 5-4 vote amid cries from dissenting board members to postpone the vote and take more time to select a superintendent.

So good luck Dr. Betts.  You are starting out behind the eight ball in a new job.  Betts was given a 4 1/2 year contract and a starting salary of $145K.  Hopefully people will at least give Dr. Betts a chance but there are already questions regarding his credentials from dissenting board members and the teachers union.

Let the drama begin.

Owen J. Roberts “Gang Of Five” Are At It Again

Looks like the situation at Owen J. Roberts is still far from resolved.  There are plots within plots, secret meetings and agendas.  What about the education of the students??  It seems as though education is the last thing on certain people’s minds. 

You people better get your act together before the district’s reputation is ruined!!!

OMG this just in – look what made the Philadelphia Inquirer –

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_top_stories/20090922_Owen_J__Roberts_flap_could_alter_school_elections.html

This is a black eye!