Proposal Would Limit Number Of School Superintendents

By: Lily Wu - Email
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

For Superintendents like Jim Keller, the resolution would mean that he'd have to employ other staff to take over finances and curriculum. Both of which he does for his nearly 2,000 student school district.

"It does take more of a focus. In other words, you become more of the visionary leader for the district and so that takes you away from those other duties that for instance smaller district superintendent does," said Keller, Circle District Superintendent.

School superintendents in small districts like Augusta don't see the resolution as a cost savings for the state.

"When you look at the districts that have 10,000 or more students in them, there are layers of administration earning higher salaries than most of the superintendents from small school districts. I don't see it cutting costs," said Dr. John Black, Augusta District Deputy Superintendent.

The resolution asks the State Board of Education to make recommendations on the reorganization of school districts to have one superintendent oversee every 10,000 students, by January 2012.

Keller who's also taught in Western Kansas said this would be a major challenge for a district covering several counties.

"If you're looking at a group of 10,000 that particular individual would cover hundreds of miles," said Keller.

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