Archive for Thursday, January 4, 2001

School board takes on task of replacing superintendent

Replacing Bloom is top priority

January 4, 2001

Pat Sangimino, Editor

The Eudora News

from March 9, 2000

On Thursday night, Superintendent Dan Bloom's letter of resignation will officially be accepted by the Eudora Board of Education, which has had an entire week to begin charting a new course under new leadership for the school district.

Bloom said Tuesday he had asked the board last fall to allow him to make a two-year transition into leaving the district. This would allow him to begin grooming a replacement.

However, the board voted down that suggestion, Bloom said. For the first time in 17 years, the school board is faced with hiring a new person to lead the district.

Now, it remains to be seen how the school board might approach replacing Bloom.

There are two schools of thought when replacing a leader. The school board can choose to hire from within the district to maintain the momentum and continuity Bloom had helped create in his 17 years at his post. Or it can choose to bring in a qualified candidate from outside the school district who would bring a different perspective.

"We want the best person we can find," said board member Joe Pyle. "It's as simple as that."

Before the board does anything, board president Mark Chrislip said it would consult with the state board of education about some of the state's best candidates to replace Bloom, who apparently had fallen out of favor with the school board.

The friction between the superintendent and the school board had reached a point where, according to one member, Bloom was in jeopardy of not being offered a new contract in late June, when his existing contract expired.

"The handwriting was on the wall," said board member Carlie Abel. "I couldn't see him (getting a new contract) I think for each board member it was a different line of reasoning or dissatisfaction."

Bloom said he knew it was time to resign when the job became just that a job.

"I'm tired of it. The fun factor had just worn off," he said last Friday, one day after The Eudora News reported on its Web site that he had submitted his resignation. "I wasn't having any fun. I was tired of the constant struggles. I figured it was time to let someone else take over."

Pat Sangimino

The Eudora News

Thursday, May 25, 2000

The third time was indeed the charm.

The Eudora Board of Education's search for a superintendent ended Monday night when Dave Winans, the third candidate to be offered the job in the last three weeks, accepted the position.

However, make no mistake. Winans, the assistant superintendent of curriculum at the Leavenworth school district, is nobody's third choice, school board president Mark Chrislip said Monday.

"He's going to be a great leader for us," Chrislip said. "We're pleased with the hire. He has everything we're looking for and he's going to be great."

Winans and Piper High School principal Larry Andersen interviewed for the position late last week.

The school board had reopened the interview process after two candidates were offered the job and turned it down.

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