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Board appoints DeSpain administrative assistant
TELL CITY - Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. will soon begin looking for a new superintendent after Ron Etienne announced during Tuesday's school-board meeting he would retire next year.
Etienne came out of retirement in 2004 to take over the school's superintendent position left open by Larry Phillips. Originally, Etienne told board members, he only planned to be with the corporation for a few months to deal with the budget, but has now been there for almost four years.
"I have no regrets but I'm getting to that age and I think it's time for you to go search for a new superintendent," he said, adding they need one with a little more energy and desire to put more time into the position. "My plan is for next June 30, 2009, to be my last day."
Etienne told members that they need to think long and hard about the replacement process and should start the process this fall. Member Larry Bryant mentioned the board does have a policy in place to enlist help for the process. "We have 12 months to get some very serious stuff done," he said.
Etienne assured the board that unless someone "came out of the woodwork" and wanted to start sooner than his retirement, he would stay until then.
Phil DeSpain will take over duties as administrative assistant at Tell City Junior High School. The board appointed former assistant principal Brad Ramsey as interim principal at its last meeting. DeSpain, who is the high-school baseball coach and assistant activities director, will resign from his coaching position because of time conflicts.
After electing Jerry Hoagland as board president; Tom Holm, vice president, and Debbie Reed, secretary, the board made several appointments.
John Werner will continue as the school-corporation's attorney and Debbie Elders as its treasurer. The Perry County News will retain its position as the corporation's official newspaper and Hoagland was given permission to appoint board members to committees.
The board agreed to continue to meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Tell City High School auditorium. Conflict-of-interest statements for Hoagland, Reed, Dr. Gene Ress and Bryant were approved.
Hoagland was appointed the legislative liaison to the Indiana School Boards Association.
Bids for bread, milk and fuel were awarded to Sara Lee, Prairie Farms and C&S.
The board also approved:
Hiring Julie Bryant as junior-high office assistant.
Renewing bus drivers' contracts.
Looking into renewing or getting new property and liability insurance.