Beloit schools seeing administrative exodus

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BELOIT - With the School District of Beloit's human resources director, finance director and superintendent either gone or leaving, the board and remaining administrative staff are working to ensure recruitment efforts are effective and day-to-day operations do not suffer, according to Board President Laurie Endres.

Director of Human Resources Deetra Sallis has announced her resignation effective in July.

Executive Director of Business Services Jamie Merath's last day will be Feb. 23 as she has found another opportunity. Due to serious health issues Superintendent Tom Johnson has been absent the past several months. He has submitted his resignation, effective at the end of his contract, June 30, and Darrell Williams has been named interim superintendent.

When it comes to the superintendent search, Endres said the board has sent out a request for proposals to search firms and has received seven bids. At this Tuesday's meeting, the board will be discussing how to move forward.

With Merath's departure being in only a couple weeks, Endres said plans are already being put in place.

"We are meeting with Jamie and looking at contracts which need immediate attention to make sure this transition runs smoothly," Endres said.

Endres said the board will be discussing appointing an interim business manager, noting the interim superintendent has contacted the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB). The WASB has a group of retired financial professionals who could step in to help.

"It's an amazing opportunity to get a fresh look at finances," Endres said.

Endres said she would anticipate the board would discuss keeping an interim business manager for six months to a year and creating a situation where the new superintendent would pick his or her own financial person.

"I see this as an opportunity to allow a new individual better flexibility with his or her own cabinet," she said.

Because Sallis is not leaving until her contract is up in July, Endres said the intent is to have someone in place for human resources prior to her departure. It could be an interim person or a permanent position.

In the meantime, an assistant and other staff are working in the department.

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