The board of Falcon District 49 knows they'll have no superintendent next school year. They're planning to announce who will be the district's first Chief Education Officer.
The CEO will carry out some duties a superintendent otherwise would. Dr. Brad Schoeppey, current superintendent for D-49, is stepping down and will leave the office in June. The position will not be filled under the districts' new innovation initiative.
The following is a news release from D-49 Thursday.
"As part of its Innovation Initiative, Falcon School District 49's Board of Education created the position of Chief Education Officer (CEO) to coordinate the efforts of the Innovation Leaders and the other departments of the District. Unlike the old Superintendent position, the CEO is singularly focused on education and instructional matters and is not the chief executive of the District. As such, this position is not designed to command the higher salary that traditionally has been received by Superintendents.
The Board, in coordination with the Innovation Leaders and other administrators, along with input it has received from various staff and community members, will identify and appoint an interim CEO from existing staff at its Special Meeting next Wednesday. This role will be essential to transition the District into the new organizational structure in the coming year."
The Board of Education has asked Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn to be CEO, but Board President Dave Martin has only said those negotiations are ongoing.