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No search firm for superintendent search in Dixon

School Board picks consultant for strategic planning

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – When the district starts the process of replacing Superintendent Michael Juenger, who will step down after the next academic year, it will begin from inside the district rather than hiring a search firm.

The School Board discussed the decision during Wednesday night’s meeting and gave Juenger direction on how to proceed.

Juenger said he felt the district staff could handle the search itself, which would save the district at least $6,500.

He expects to be able to post the job opening in September, and the board will be able to vote on hiring the next superintendent by the end of this year.

Posting the job in September, Juenger said, will mean the district is among the first wave to post superintendent job openings and will have a better chance to be considered by higher-quality candidates.

Also Wednesday night, the board voted 6-1 in favor of hiring Amy Yurko, of Brain Spaces, to lead the district’s strategic planning.

Kevin Sward was the vote against, preferring the other finalist, Rod Wright, of Unicom Arc Inc.

In April, the strategic planning task force, which had been meeting to study and discuss the state of the district buildings for 8 months, recommended the board hire a consultant to lead the district through its long-range planning.

The board interviewed three candidates in May.

While most board members thought both Yurko and Wright would do a good job leading the effort, the edge, for most, went to Yurko because they felt she could better relate to the community.

The district will pay Yurko $79,950, out of the operations and maintenance fund, Juenger said, and will save about $17,350 off of her original quote because of work already done by the task force.

Last month, the board reinstated the name Madison Elementary School and set its address at 610 Division St.

But after the meeting, the district was told that the address was already in use, and as a result had change the address.

On Wednesday night, the board unanimously voted to give Madison a 618 Division St. address.

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