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MCS: Superintendent search to begin in 2019

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

NORTH MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Schools Board of School Trustees has decided to postpone its superintendent search by another year while the school corporation undergoes a strategic planning process.

The search is expected to begin in January 2019 and will likely be influenced by feedback the board receives during the strategic planning process now underway.

Interim Superintendent Mike Pettibone said he’d like to make an initial presentation to the board regarding the strategic plan in June. The process is in its infancy and is expected to draw participation from teachers, staff and the general public.

“They like the idea of continuing to do strategic planning, getting ourselves in a direction they wanted to go,” Pettibone said. “They talked about the process of involving the community and staff and having discussions on (superintendent) qualifications, and they felt like by delaying they wouldn’t have to rush into (a decision).”

Areas of study in the strategic plan will include administrative structure, curriculum and instruction, daily operations, extra curricular activities, finances, facilities, school safety and technology, among other topics, according to an outline provided to the board in December.

Another reason the board decided to postpone its superintendent search is to allow more time for the Manchester community and teaching staff process the events that led to the departure of former superintendent Bill Reichhart last spring.

“The board is pleased with the healing process that has happened and they’d like the adage that time heals all wounds, to just allow more time for that,” said Ruth Ayres, board secretary.

Pettibone will continue to serve in the interim position for another school year, the board decided on Tuesday.