The Alta School Board Monday decided to not fill the pre-kindergarten-eighth grade principal position and to divide responsibilities between Superintendent Dr. Fred Maharry and High School Principal Tom Ryherd. Compensation for the additional duties and designation of duties will be discussed at a future meeting.
Dr. Maharry shared with the board options to consider:
* Dr. Maharry to become pre-kindergarten through third grade principal, have someone else serve as fourth grade through fifth grade principal as well as curriculum work and have Mr. Ryherd supervise six grade through 12th grade. "This," he said, "would allow administrators to spread the work our more effectively, increase the focus on curriculum and school improvement and still reduce costs."
* Dr. Maharry assume the pre-kindergarten assignment and have Mr. Ryherd become 6-12 principal.
He added that other staff members that are pursuing administrative degrees could possibly assist with the assignments.
* Hire someone from another district to come in on a part-time basis.
Board member Dave Turnquist was the first to respond saying he felt the district would be "overstaffed" if another full-time principal were hired and that he was not "comfortable" with someone from another district coming in citing availability could be a problem.
The board wants to remain optimistic that a sharing agreement with a neighboring school will come about in the near future and they don't want to offer a full-time job to someone and then have to turn around after a sharing agreement is met and have to let that person go.
"I can't look into the future," said Ryherd, "and tell you what it looks like but I'll do what needs to be done."
President Ila Galvin said she doesn't see the situation as "long term" but as a "short term fix to see what the future holds."
The arrangement will done for one year at a time.
The administrators will get together to determine what duties retiring pre-kindergarten-eighth grade principal Maxine Lampe does.