Thursday, October 15, 2009
Due to the current economic conditions, the severe budget reductions being considered by the State of Kansas, and the need for a strong and well-prepared leader to guide the transition process for Goddard School District and stay on course despite the challenging issues, the Goddard Board of Education has asked Superintendent Charles Edmonds to remain in his position through June 30, 2011. Mr. Edmonds told board members at a special BOE meeting on Tuesday night (October 13, 2009) that he would accept their request and postpone his retirement for one year.
Mr. Edmonds' acceptance came with a condition that he requested - that he receive a 1.25% pay REDUCTION for the 2010-11 contract year. "I told the board that I would not accept an extended contract if they did not reduce my salary next year. I know how difficult the budget situation is going to be, and as the district leader, I wanted to set the example."
"I am honored by the board's confidence in my leadership, and will use this additional time to complete several district projects," Mr. Edmonds said. "We will immediately begin the difficult task of replacing Assistant Superintendent Rod Dietz, who is retiring at the end of this school year. By the end of this year we will announce staffing changes, preparing to open two new facilities. We also need to name the Goddard High School principal, and be ready to open Eisenhower High School - all to be done while reducing the district budget to meet state funding cuts. I believe the budget reductions could be severe, and will require our entire school team to join together to meet the coming challenges," Mr. Edmonds said.
"We have received a stream of appreciative e-mails and comments from staff," said Annette Singletary, Community Relations Director. "We appreciate the Goddard Board of Education for their visionary leadership in retaining a proven leader to guide Goddard School District through these challenging times and to continue the course for success."
The application process for the next superintendent will remain open for the time being. School board members will meet soon to determine how the superintendent search process will be revised. Assistant Superintendent-Human Resources George Tignor has contacted applicants for the position, and each person expressed their understanding of the current situation and supported the wisdom of this decision.