The Clay Community School Board decided to look into the creation of a new position at its monthly meeting Thursday night.
The idea was introduced at the November board meeting.
School Safety Specialist Lynn Stoelting told the board at the last meeting she was overwhelmed by the dual role of Safety Specialist and School Nurse for several buildings.
Also, after the meeting, members of the Corporation's Central Office discussed how Kathy Knust's role has changed over the years from grant writer and vocational coordinator to curriculum director.
Knust addressed the board, saying she would like to focus more on grant writing, since she does not have the time to sufficiently address grants as well as write curriculum.
Superintendent Dan Schroeder suggested hiring an assistant superintendent, to take over curriculum duties and assist on personnel evaluations.
Mike Fowler, the district business director, said he was looking at making Knust part time, and rearranging some of the grant funding to pay for her salary. That way, Knust's current salary could be used to hire another administrator.
Currently, the corporation is looking at giving Knust duties over the Title 1 grant, which Van Buren Elementary Principal Gail Williams currently puts together.
Some of the Title 1 grant money would then pay for Knust's salary.
The assistant superintendent would handle curriculum and instruction duties, which may take on a larger role very soon.
Because the corporation stayed relatively unchanged in ISTEP+ scores, it may not meet the Average Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark for the third straight year. If AYP is not met, the corporation will have to do curriculum mapping, an intense and detailed report on instruction to the state.
Board member Len Fischer asked if such a position rearrangement would take place, how would Stoelting be assisted.
Schroeder responded that most of the physical repairs and improvements have been made or planned, and soon the position will be "caretaking" and keeping the corporation current on safety policies.
Ted Jackson suggested a part-time employee be hired to help Stoelting until the planning stages have been completed.
Schroeder said the School Safety Specialist role would be added to the duties of an assistant superintendent.
He also said he would like to post the possible job opening in February or March, when qualified candidates may be at the end of current contracts.
School Board President Terry Barr asked Schroeder to write up a job description for the position, and the board would look at the description to decide how to proceed.
Since Mike Mogan left the assistant superintendent position during the summer 2006 to fill Jon Russell's principal role at Clay City Elementary, there has been no assistant superintendent for the corporation.
Schroeder said the corporation has "survived" without the extra administrator, but the corporation is not making the gains he thought it would.