By Don Groves
The Albany Ledger
A search for a new superintendent is under way at the Albany R-III School District.
The Albany R-III Board of Education discussed its search at its Dec. 15 meeting. Superintendent John Rinehart will take over at West Platte on July 1. He told the Albany board he would be as involved in the search process as the board desired.
“I’m willing to do anything I can,” Rinehart said.
The board has already received some applications and board president Kerry Paul said there has been seven calls for applications. Plans are to accept applications through early January, conduct interviews and hire a new superintendent by Feb. 1.
“I think that would be what I would target,” Rinehart said.
Rinehart’s final day with Albany is June 30.
The board also discussed possible changes to the Grand River Conference. Rinehart said schools with 11-man football teams are finding it more difficult to schedule games.
“Football is a lot of what is driving this,” he said.
Rinehart said Trenton is interested in joining the GRC but it has a larger student enrollment than other schools in the district. If more schools with 11-man teams join the GRC the conference could possibly be split into two divisions, one for schools with larger enrollment and one for schools with lower enrollment, Rinehart said.
“I think everyone wants to keep the conference together,” he said.
In other business, the board:
• Approved amending the budget to reflect the installation of the district’s greenhouse;
• Approved an independent auditor’s report. Rinehart said in the past an auditor has suggested changes in the operation of the district but this year had none;
• Approved adopting recommended Missouri School Board Association policy updates; and
• Approved ovens and stoves from the discontinued family and consumer sciences program as surplus property.