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ACGC declines request to share superintendent with BLHS

GROVE CITY - A request to share their superintendent with a neighboring school district was declined this week by the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School Board.

The ACGC school board had received a letter of inquiry last month from the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School District with an invitation to discuss a shared administrative position between the two schools.

In that letter it was stated that the BLHS School Board and Superintendent Dr. Rick Clark had agreed to "sever" on June 30. The district is undergoing an administrative restructuring and had agreed to reinstate a full-time elementary principal, which means their current combined position of superintendent and K-5 principal was no longer continuing.

At that time the letter was sent, the BLHS board was interested in hiring ACGC Superintendent Sheri Broderius to also provide administrative oversight for their district.

At their meeting this week, the ACGC board discussed the invitation but determined there was no financial benefit to the district.

In an interview Thursday, Broderius - who has a dual role of superintendent and high school principal at ACGC - said the arrangement would have meant hiring additional administrative staff at ACGC.

BLHS has since agreed to hire an interim superintendent and is working with a consultant with the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative to do that. Their goal is to hire a superintendent by June 24, according to minutes of the BLHS School Board.

Broderius said new education funding that was approved by the Legislature could mean additional revenue for ACGC programs, like the all-day everyday kindergarten.

She said that after the numbers are digested she'll know how the legislation will affect the district's budget.

Meanwhile, she said the legislature also made changes in how districts can authorize operating referendums. According to a letter the district received from the Minnesota School Boards Association, the legislature provided higher levels of referendum equalization and allows $300 of referendum levy to be approved by the school board.

There will also be a one-year freeze on operating referendums for fiscal year 2015, which means school districts can't increase their operating referendums in that year but can reauthorize an expiring referendum. There are exceptions to the exemption.

ACGC has been contemplating action on its current operating referendum, which expires in 2015.

The additional state funding could affect the school board's decision on whether or not to adjust that levy, said Broderius.

The board also took action to change goals for improving reading and math test scores in the elementary school, heard an update on progress to turn over ownership of the Cosmos school to the city of Cosmos and agreed to hold their June 24 meeting at the Cosmos school building.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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