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School district goals

by Scott Murphy, Staff Writer

Minden business planner David Brady, who trustees selected this week to become the new Douglas County school board president, said Friday that hiring a new superintendent is the board’s top priority for 2002.

Trustees could hire Pendery Clark’s replacement as soon as March.

Clark left Douglas County after nine years last October to become superintendent at the San Mateo-Foster City School District in the Bay area.



The deadline for prospective superintendents to submit resumes with Douglas County’s headhunting firm, 4Administrators, is Feb. 4.

Brady, who was elected to the school board in 1994, served as the board’s vice president last year and was chosen board president during Tuesday’s meeting at Kingsbury Middle School.



Brady replaces Trustee Cheri Johnson, who served as president in 2001 and did not seek re-election.

Another priority for the board in 2002 is the district’s continued implementation of its competency-based system, Brady said.

“We’ve got to get the graduating class of 2002 graduated under the competency system,” he said. This year’s seniors are the first to graduate under the district’s competency system.

Also, Brady said the district’s “financial horizon is not a pretty one” because of continued declining enrollment.

“We’re at the mercy of the Legislature,” he said, regarding funding problems.

The state Legislature’s lack of additional funding restricted the district’s ability to give teachers pay raises and helped lead to a recent impasse in negotiations between the district and the teachers’ association.

Brady plans for the district to continue to lobby the Legislature for increased funding.

Brady said Douglas County’s schools also face increased competition from rising home school enrollment and Sierra Lutheran High School, which begins classes this fall in downtown Minden.

“We haven’t chosen how to address (home schooling),” he said. “There seems to be a greater home schooling contingent in Douglas County than anywhere else.”

Also, during last Tuesday’s meeting, trustees:

n Left the Nevada Rural School Alliance. Trustee Jim Keegan said the district is spending $4,000 per year for its membership and “has nothing to show for it.”

n Adopted two separate calendars for the district. The district now has one calendar for its Valley elementary schools and a separate calendar for all middle schools, high schools and Lake schools.

n Chose Trustee John Louritt as vice president. He served as the board’s clerk last year.

n Chose Johnson as the board’s clerk.

n Staff Writer Scott Murphy can be reached via e-mail at murph@swiftnews.com