BOE will be hands off when hiring biz manager
By JUDY SHERARD
The Hays USD 489 Board of Education won't have a hands-on role in selecting someone for the newly created business manager position.
The board discussed the process at Monday's work session.
Consultant Randy Gustafson will screen the eight applicants for the job, and a committee will conduct interviews, Interim Superintendent Dean Katt said.
Katt recommended Cheryl Shubert, board clerk and director of accounting, Mark Hauptman, assistant superintendent for special services, and someone else who will work with the business manager, be on the interview committee.
In the past, board members have been involved in hiring administrators and coaches and others, board president Greg Schwartz said.
The board has a policy that it "be allowed to have two members on that committee," Schwartz said.
Katt said he would rather not have the board on the committee.
"If you approve the final say of who we hire, that serves that process," he said.
The board agreed to change its policy requiring its participation in interviewing some job candidates.
With the school year less than a month old, the board already is looking toward next year's budget.
Board members started with teachers' classroom budgets, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.
Hays High School Athletic Director Clint Albers discussed the amount the district allots for each sport.
Fundraising adds two or three times the amount the district budgets for sports, Albers said.
Gate receipts also contribute to the sports bottom line.
"If we think we want to try to budget money for the next fiscal year, we (should) start now," Schwartz said. "Money wouldn't be there for a year from now, (but) at least that way we can get it as a priority to look at it."
Board vice president Darren Schumacher said the board should "keep it on the list. It's one of many, many things."
Katt also will take a closer look at the budget before moving forward in hiring additional nurses or a counselor.
The board ended the work session with two executive sessions totaling 45 minutes to discuss non-elected personnel.