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School Board Unsure How to Fill Superintendent Vacancy

Conrad Farner's resignation is effective at the end of the day Jan. 15, and no interim superintendent is in place.

One week after accepting Superintendent Conrad Farner's resignation and forging a pricey separation agreement with him, the Greenfield School Board is undecided on how to proceed with filling the vacancy.

Farner’s resignation is effective at the end of the day Tuesday. For hours in closed session Monday evening, board members debated the pros and cons of naming an interim superintendent but came away with no clear-cut solution.

A statement issued by the School Board said, “The School District of Greenfield Board of Education is in the process of filling the Superintendent position and will be making a final decision that is in best interest of the Greenfield community in the coming week. 

“We are grateful to have such a committed team of educators and administrators that continue to provide the very best services to our students during this transitional period.”

Last week, board president Bruce Bailey indicated the board would discuss elevating Director of Educational Services Todd Bugnacki to the role of interim superintendent. But Tuesday, he told Patch the board could not come to a consensus on how to fill the role on a short-term basis.

“The hiring of an interim, whoever that may be, hasn’t been decided,” Bailey said. “We’re still kicking it around. We didn’t make any decisions. It was a long meeting, and no decision was made.”

Bailey said the board would go into closed session again Jan. 21 during its regularly scheduled meeting and said he anticipated coming out of that meeting with a plan of what to do next.

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John Seymour January 18, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Check this out for the role of a school board....(It's not what Belling says it is) http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/You-May-Also-Be-Interested-In-landing-page-level/Audience-The-Public-YMABI/The-Role-of-Schoo
John Seymour January 18, 2013 at 04:31 AM
I'll say it again...there is a reason why he left in the middle of the year. It's his reputation that is tarnished. That move is unprecedented. I can't remember the last time that happened anywhere.
Sbr January 18, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Kerri, I mean John - I hope you don't think that this board covers all of those 8 points?
John Seymour January 18, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Maybe if you stopped trying to figure out who I am (I can assure I am NOT a member of the teacher's union) you could focus on the fact that a bad leader is gone and now is a great time to move the district forward in a positive direction. GSD is a sleeping giant with good teachers and strong families and is just waiting for the right person to lead them.
mjs January 22, 2013 at 02:47 AM
(Kerri....LOL!!!!!) John Seymour, it's time for you to go away. You point a lot of fingers, but you yourself are rather toxic.

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