a superintendent. Those areas include class size, safety, finances, staff morale, technology in the classroom, and student achievement.
“It’s the most important position in the school district,” Dean remarked of a superintendent. “He or she is the face of the school district…They are the CEO of the school district.”
Former Superintendent David McLaughlin-Smith announced his intention to retire early last year. In September, resident Joseph Kaminski –who was elected to the board in November –questioned the board on how many applicants it had for superintendent.
The district received 10 to 12 applicants, then President Jerry Orloski said, and four interviews had been conducted. Kaminski responded this seemed low for such a prominent position and Orloski responded that that amount of interest is similar to the school’s past experience.
In November, controversy arose when the school board, in a 5-3 vote, selected Fairview Elementary Principal Peg Foster as superintendent. This came just a month before three newly elected members were to their take seats on the board.
The three –Kaminski, Ron Sturgeon, and William Jones -had asked the board then to wait on choosing a new superintendent until they’d taken their places on the board. They also, along with some audience members, voiced their objections because of Foster’s lack of certification. Her state “letter of eligibility” for the position was still pending.
In December, after Kaminski, Sturgeon and Jones were sworn in and a lengthy executive session was held, the new board voted 6-3 to rescind the hiring of Foster and re-advertize for the position.
In January, when McLaughlin-Smith’s retirement took effect, the school board, led by new President Eric Aigeldinger, appointed Brian Waite as acting superintendent. Waite was appointed to the interim term which was defined as “a period not to exceed one year.”
Waite has served for over eight years as assistant to the superintendent and worked over 14 years in the Crestwood School District. When appointed as acting superintendent, Waite did not say if he would apply for the job later, calling the decision “personal.” This week, Dean said he did not know if Waite would interview for the position.
Anyone wanting to participate in the survey can go online, to https://surveymonkey.com/r/CrestwoodSearch or go to the district office for a hard copy of the survey. The survey will be available until Friday, Feb. 12, at noon.