BY LEANN DILBECK –
The Cossatot River School Board met in a special called school board meeting Tuesday evening to interview one potential superintendent candidate after accepting the resignation of the current Cossatot River School Superintendent Lendall Martin, who had just completed the first year of his original 3-year contract.
Martin’s resignation is not effective until June 30 and CRSD Board President Randy Sellers is hopeful to have his replacement named by July 1. The board accepted Martin’s resignation on May 8 and has actively been advertising and seeking potential qualified experienced candidates since that time.
Sellers said the current pool of applicants includes 11 that are currently or have been superintendents and 8 that have no superintendent experience but are currently in school administrative roles. He explained the board’s priority is to first interview those with superintendent experience.
Lisa Schuller, the district’s elementary principal, has also resigned to accept a position with the DeQueen-Mena Educational Co-Op and there are a number of faculty positions that are being vacated by retirement or those accepting positions at larger districts. “Of course, we hate to lose good teachers but it is the nature of the business. You can’t fault someone for taking a position with higher pay or to move closer to home,” said Sellers about all of the vacancies the district is currently facing.
Sellers admitted that meeting a July 1 date to name the district’s new superintendent will be challenging but said it is their goal that they intend to work diligently to meet, provided potential candidates can accommodate interview schedules.