by Audrey Thomasson
CLARAVILLE—A push to immediately hire an assistant superintendent continued at Monday’s Northumberland school board meeting as one board member dug his heels in over the issue.
District 3 member Gerald Howard insisted the position was so important to moving the schools forward and succession planning that failure to fill the position would cause harm to the education of Northumberland students. It was the same argument he made at the March 6 budget work session.
Howard said he was caught by surprise on March 6 by superintendent Dr. Holly Wargo’s announcement that she did not plan to immediately fill the position.
“I apologize if I didn’t make this clear at our last meeting,” Wargo said. “I plan to fill the position down the road.”
Wargo said she is an analytical person who takes time to study and assess the needs and situation before making any major changes. She is considering whether the position should be assistant superintendent or director of instruction, and in the process is also redefining roles and positions in the central office to find deficiencies.
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