UPDATE: School District 49 Cuts Superintendent, Three Others

By: KKTV 11 News Email
By: KKTV 11 News Email

Falcon School District 49 board members announced Wednesday that they are getting rid of the superintendent position, and three other top spots.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the district said that they are reorganizing with a "new innovative initiative."

Superintendent Bradley Schoeppey is leaving his position June 30 before his contract ends, as part of a buyout.

"I want to be a superintendent. I want to be a superintendent over all those things and this plan doesn't allow that," said Dr. Schoeppey
The district also is cutting three administrative positions in addition to the superintendent position. The cost to the district of the contract buyouts will total $1.1 million.

Also being eliminated from the district organizational structure are Chief Information Officer David Bond, Director of Human Resources Mark McPherson, and Chief Financial Officer Joleen Schaake. Those jobs will be eliminated.

Some parents told 11 News Wednesday that the plan sounds like more uncertainty for the district.

"I've got two kids in the district now, and I'm scared about what the future's going to bring for their education," said Cindy Halsey.

"I want to know why?” asked Sheryl Salter, who currently has a child in 4th grade in a D-49 school. “Why are we doing that, what is it going to do for our kids?"

The board says its "Innovation Initiative" will save the district nearly $12 million over the next 5 years.

They say by pushing more of the decision-making away from the district's administration building into the hands of principals and teachers, who can better respond to needs, it will result in student improvement.

"I am not opposed to the innovation plan at all. I think it will be very beneficial in the long run for the district," said Dr. Schoeppey.

The board is still in discussions with Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn, to see if she will stay on to take on the duties of CEO, a new position created as part of the initiative.

If they can not reach an agreement with Dr. Guinn, board president Dave Martin says the district does not plan to look outside the district for someone to fill the position.


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