Creston School Board voted for a superintendent consolidation with Prescott Community Schools Monday.
“Prescott and Creston school districts will be sharing a superintendent next year with the intentions that it will probably lead to reorganization of the districts,” said Creston interim Superintendent Chuck Scott.
During Prescott School Board’s monthly meeting March 12, Creston School Board was present in order to discuss the possibility of sharing superintendents because current Prescott Superintendent Doug Latham is retiring.
For the past few years, Prescott and Orient-Macksburg schools have been under the administration of one superintendent. Now that Latham is retiring, the districts have decided to go their own ways. Clark Wicks, former superintendent of Perry Schools, has been named the part-time superintendent of O-M.
Prescott had a part-time superintendent lined up for 2013-2014 school year, but the agreement fell through.
“We really want this to work,” Scott said. “If they want to come our way, we want them to come our way.”
Creston School Board discussed the possibility of sharing with Steve McDermott, Creston’s future superintendent. Scott said McDermott was very interested in the idea.
“We spoke to him initially to see if there was interest,” said Scott, “and, he said yes.”
The shared superintendency will also mean more responsibilities for McDermott, Scott said.
At the Prescott Schools board meeting, both Prescott and Creston were interested in the idea of sharing a superintendent.
“Both boards were pleased with the conversation and want to share the superintendents for next year,” said Scott.
Creston School Board discussed the idea again in its monthly meeting Monday, and made clear the intent is to renew the contract year to year.
“I just wanted to make sure they didn’t get the idea that at the end of one year, we were going to drop them,” said Creston board member Rich Flynn.
Eventually, there is the possibility of merging Prescott with Creston School District.
“They have a very small enrollment. ... So, we see our school district as an option for them for their children,” said Scott. “In other words, to give them more options educationally.”
Flynn motioned to approve the shared superintendency with Prescott School District, with the possibility of continuation in the future. The board voted yes unanimously. Board member Galen Zumbach was absent.
“The board is interested in pursuing a sharing of the superintendent,” said Creston Business Manager Roy Stroud, “and they made a motion to that. The particulars, of course, weren’t in the motion.”
Stroud also said he was unsure when the districts will meet again to further discuss the shared superintendency.