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Board adds contingency plan to superintendent policy

Board adds contingency plan to superintendent policy

With the unexpected medical leave for Superintendent Louis Voiron this summer, the School Board added a contingency plan for who will temporarily assume the role in the future.

Introduced by Board Member Ray Bernard, the revision to the policy detailing the superintendent’s legal status added a paragraph. It states that the district’s director of middle and secondary education will serve as acting superintendent “if the superintendent is unable to perform his/her duties as a result of death, incapacitating illness or other unforeseen condition.”

The staff member would serve only until the board gathers to appoint an interim superintendent. The policy also notes that if a superintendent can still perform his or her duties while on sick leave, the temporary replacement won’t apply.

The board members discussed whether they should amend the language to include a time frame in which the members must convene, but it ultimately passed without amendment in a 14-1 vote.

Board member Al Archer was the lone nay vote after he requested that the director of human resources be selected as the acting superintendent.

Bernard noted that the policy was only for “short-term, emergency situations.”

“It will enable us to get back together as a board to make a more long-term decision,” he said.

Interim Superintendent Jarod Martin noted, “This policy is just to put a provision in place so that there isn’t a gap.”

Martin had just been named director of middle and secondary education before Voiron’s absence. He said there were a number of staff members across the district who could step into the role and just advised the board to ensure that there is a clear temporary replacement.

“At some point, we have to determine a position because there can’t be any ambiguity as to who steps into that role,” he said. “It will serve the intent, which is to always have someone prepared to step into those duties.”

The board also unanimously approved changing the district’s business manager post to allow applicants who aren’t CPAs as they search for a replacement for current business manager Don Gaudet.

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Halle Parker can be reached at hparker@houmatoday.com or 857-2204. Follow her on Twitter, @_thehalparker.