School district searches to fill vacancy
The start of every school year is peppered with change for both students and teachers alike. This year is no different, with change occurring in the administrative office of the district as a search for a new secretary begins.
On August 11, Maribeth Hines left her position of district secretary after 17 months. Also a member of Eudora Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Hines said her decision came after receiving a full-time job in her chosen field medicine.
Hines will be working for Mutual Ambulance Service Trust, an ambulance service for the greater Kansas City, Mo. area. In addition to Kansas City, Hines will continue to volunteer for Edwardsville Fire Department and for Eudora EMS. She lives in Lawrence.
"I didn't resign from (Eudora)," Hines said. "I'm going to be available for standbys and football games. I didn't really want to give up everything, so that's my focus."
Her duties at the school district office focused on services for the superintendent, Hines said.
"I do all his things. Just basic stuff, phone and mail," she said.
Hines said she has enjoyed working for the Eudora district and will miss working in the office.
"The only reason I'm doing this is I'm going into EMS," Hines said. "If I wasn't doing that I'd stay here forever. It's a great job."
But with any new vacancy, the position must be filled to keep the proverbial wheels turning. Filling the vacancy at least temporarily is Michele Peterson, Topeka. Peterson works with Kelly Services, a Topeka-based temporary job placement agency. She said her experience in the office has been "wonderful" and hopes her stay will become permanent.
"I love it here," Peterson said. "It's a temporary to permanent position and I hope I get it."
Peg Buchanan, officer of business and management affairs, said though the interview process hasn't started yet, Peterson does have a shot at the position if she wants it. Buchanan said she hopes the selection process will begin soon.
"We're hoping that we can start the interview process in a couple of weeks," Buchanan said.