BOLD to Consider Part-time Superintendent 15 Dec 17

OLIVIA – BOLD School Board members are entertaining the possibility of reducing their superintendent search to someone willing to take on the position on a part-time basis.

The West Central Tribune reports one interested candidate tossed board members a proposal to do exactly that just as they began discussing the possibility.

Superintendent John Dotson offered school board members a proposal to work at either a one-half or three-quarters work schedule in the coming year, with a salary to be reduced accordingly. Dotson provided the proposal to board members at a special work session held Wednesday in the district office in Olivia.

Dotson said the proposal could save the district as much as $50,000 in administrative expenses. Saving money is driving the interest in a reduced superintendent position.

Board members will discuss whether to select one of the three parties, as well as the possibility of looking for a part-time instead of full-time superintendent at their meeting next Monday.

Dotson is completing his sixth and final year of a second, three-year contract with the district. Board members rejected a one-year contract extension on a 2 – 4 vote in October.

There is division in the district over the issue. Last month, citizens presented board members with a 328-signature petition urging them to retain Dotson as superintendent. At a public forum as part of the same meeting, other citizens told board members they favored a search for a new superintendent.