The Washington City Schools Board of Education will hold two public forums for the community to help decide what they are looking for in a new superintendent.
The forums, open to the entire Washington Court House City School District community, will be held this Monday and Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. to seek input on the characteristics, skills, and experience the board of education should consider in evaluating candidates for the district’s next superintendent. Everyone who is interested is encouraged to attend and all input is welcome.
The forums for both evenings will be held at Liberty Hall, which is located at the middle/high school complex located at 400 S. Elm St.
During the regular monthly meeting of the board Monday, a new business item was moved up the agenda and a motion was made by Jim Teeters to accept the interim contract of Robert Hamm to fill Matthew McCorkle’s absence as superintendent. The board unanimously approved the motion and Hamm will assume responsibilities of the position immediately.
Currently, according to board president Ken Upthegrove, the contract for Hamm is based on the discretion of the board president and he said that Hamm and himself will discuss how long he will continue in the position, but said that it will be until they are able to permanently fill the superintendent position.
On Feb. 27, the board emerged from its approximately 40-minute executive session and board member Jennifer Lynch read a resolution to accept then-superintendent McCorkle’s resignation, effective March 31, and to employ him under a consulting contract for administrative services. The contract allowed McCorkle to essentially perform administrative duties until the board finds a new superintendent.
Lynch and the four other board members — Upthegrove, Copas, Teeters and Jon Creamer — all voted in favor of the resolution. Board members refuse to comment on the reason McCorkle’s job status had been in question and why he resigned, citing legal advice.
According to the board, McCorkle will continue his work on various projects within the district, including federal programming, for an undisclosed amount of time.
The school board also honored several student-athletes at the recent meeting. The first was Brandon Underwood, a junior at Washington High School, who qualified for the state bowling tournament this year where he placed 16th out of 100 bowlers. Also, Underwood managed to bowl his first perfect game, a 300, this year.
The second student-athlete honored was Trevor Hicks. Hicks, a senior at Washington High School, qualified to wrestle at the state wrestling tournament, which was his second consecutive appearance at the tournament. He competed as a heavyweight and ended with a record of 1-2 at state and posted a career 150 wins.
Both students were presented with a plaque honoring their athletic achievements by McCorkle.
The board also announced that kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be Monday, May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Cherry Hill Primary. Those who are unable to make this meeting can come to the Cherry Hill office on Tuesday, May 9 or Wednesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children must be 5-years-old by Aug. 1 to register for kindergarten. Remember to bring a birth certificate, social security number, immunization record, verification of address and proof of custody, if applicable.