Edinburgh has been without a full-time school superintendent for about nine months, and the school board sees no reason for that to change anytime soon.
About a month-and-a-half after Superintendent Denise Bessler resigned from Edinburgh, the school district hired David Glentzer as a temporary leader.
Since then Glentzer has been in charge of overseeing the school district’s budget and has been finding ways to save Edinburgh money. He also has been conducting building assessments and helping plan for the future of the school district, which has more than 900 students and more than 60 teachers, school board member Cathy Hamm said.
Finding a permanent leader isn’t a priority right now because Glentzer is meeting Edinburgh’s needs, Hamm and board member Alice Taulman said.
“At this point there is not a need to search for a full-time superintendent. Obviously there will be in the future. We’re just not sure when that time is going to be,” she said.
Glentzer doesn’t have a contract with Edinburgh. He’s being paid $417.02 per day and receives no medical insurance or retirement contributions from the district.
Board members haven’t discussed the possibility of hiring him full time, Hamm said.
Glentzer said he doesn’t have a timeline in mind regarding how long he will stay with Edinburgh. When he was hired, he told the school board he would remain with the school district as long as he remained healthy, was productive and received support.
All three requirements are being met, and eventually it will be up to school board members to decide whether he remains as superintendent or someone else is hired, Glentzer said.
“It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. I’m fine with what we’re doing and the way we’re doing it,” Glentzer said.
Not having Glentzer under contract means he could decide to leave, and Edinburgh again would be without a leader. If that happened, one of the school district’s current administrators, such as Edinburgh Community High School Principal Kevin Rockey, could fill in until another interim is found, Hamm and Taulman said.
But neither board member is worried about that, and both said every school district faces the possibility of having the superintendent leave on short notice. Other school board members were not available or said Hamm should comment on the issue.
“The important thing is that even though he’s an interim the job is getting done. The administration is running well, the corporation is doing great. You don’t have to have someone under permanent contract to move forward and succeed,” Hamm said.
Before a superintendent search can begin, board members will need to create a list of qualities they’re looking for in a full-time leader. Glentzer’s leadership could help shape what’s included on that list, Hamm said.
She added the school board has no immediate plans to start looking.
“At this point, there’s not a need to do that because of the leadership we have in place today,” Hamm said.
A contract can give school districts time to prepare, if and when leaders say they’re leaving.
Over the summer, then-Clark-Pleasant Superintendent Kevin Caress told officials he planned to retire during the school year. But Caress didn’t leave immediately, partly because his contract required him to give the school board several months’ notice before leaving the school district. Caress left Clark-Pleasant in early October after spending more than three months preparing interim Superintendent Becky Courtney-Knight to take over.
Courtney-Knight will serve as Clark-Pleasant’s interim superintendent through the end of the school year. The school board has created a timeline for hiring a full-time superintendent, which members hope to name by May.