Superintendent hits impasse as school year approaches

With the school year quickly approaching, the Hettinger Public School system has hit a road block in regards to the Superintendent and the upcoming school year.

Adam Hill

By COLE BENZ | For The Record

With the school year quickly approaching, the Hettinger Public School system has hit a road block in regards to the Superintendent and the upcoming school year.

“As of right now our superintendent hasn’t signed a new contract with us for this new coming school year,” said Heather Ebert, Hettinger School’s business manager.

There had been offers, and counter offers made between the School Board and the Superintendent, Adam Hill, and after no progress was made the board decided to open up the job.

“The school board decided to open it up for applications,” Ebert said.

There were no firings or resignations, an offer just had not been finalized and the board decided to act.

According to Ebert, there wasn’t one particular issue that was being debated over. When asked if the bottom line issue was salary Ebert said “not necessarily.”

“When he countered, he countered other things, it’s not necessarily salary,” Ebert said. “But I would guess that’s the major portion of it, but that’s not what the total contract shows.”

At this point it is much later in the season to be looking for a new superintendent, and Ebert wasn’t sure how long the process was going to take.

“We have it open until it’s filled,” Ebert said.

Since the school year is so close the starting, most everything has been set up and scheduled.

“Our school calendar has been set already, the athletics and all that has been set,” Ebert said. “I don’t think it will affect the school by scheduling, by any means.”

A phone message out to current School Board President Rhonda Knutson was not returned. When reached by phone, Hill deferred commenting until everything is worked out.







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