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Parkview approves administrative changes

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GINA R. HEINE
June 19, 2012
— The Parkview School District will start next school year with at least two new faces on its administrative team.

The school board Monday night approved the resignation of business manager Pat Miller, who is resigning effective July 1. He will be taking over the same position in the Palmyra-Eagle School District, Superintendent Steve Lutzke said.


Parkview has posted the job opening, and Lutzke said he hopes a new person could be hired in the next month.


The board also hired Meagen Flood to be the next Footville Elementary principal and district director of curriculum and instruction. She starts July 1.


Flood has been an elementary assistant principal in Rockford, Ill., the last two years after teaching for about 15 years in Beloit, Lutzke said. Her salary will be $85,000 plus benefits, he said.


The hiring comes after shuffling administrative roles with the closure of Newark Elementary and the spring resignation of Mark Miller, who served as principal for Footville and Newark and also was the district director of technology.


Karen Strandt-Conroy will remain principal at Orfordville Elementary and director of pupil services.


The board also approved David Zrout as the district's technology director. He was the assistant technology specialist and served as interim director after Mark Miller's departure, Lutzke said.


OTHER BUSINESS

-- The buildings and grounds committee is looking to form a long-range facility planning committee, Superintendent Steve Lutzke said Monday. District voters in April rejected an elementary building referendum. Three new board members elected in April and community members have said the focus should have been on the aging high school, he said.


The buildings and grounds committee wants to collect all the information the district received since the referendum and "put a plan in place to see if there is some other direction we need to take," Lutzke said.


-- The school board received the results of a district survey that went to families open enrolling out of the district. The response rate was about 30 percent, Lutzke said, and two-thirds of those who responded cited the closure of Newark Elementary as a reason for leaving. However, one-third of all students open enrolling out were Newark students, he said, and the district didn't receive a lot of feedback from non-Newark families.


-- The board heard an update on the preliminary 2012-13 budget. The anticipated deficit is $300,000 to $400,000, including $160,000 in anticipated savings from the closure of Newark, Lutzke said.


Administrators are predicting a net loss of 45 to 55 students through open enrollment, but changes up or down would affect the deficit. The district will see some savings because a large number of retirees this year will be replaced with less-veteran employees, Lutzke said. Administrators plan to make up the deficit using money from the district's reserves, which will not put the district in a financial problem, he said.



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