Six interviewed for D9 board vacancy, Dole picked

School District 9 Board of Directors interviewed six candidates for the vacant seat on the board created with the resignation of Spencer Davenport.

The candidates were: Mark Bateman, Ted Dole, Teresa Hulla, Brian Saling, Carolyn Stieber and Fred Thomas.

Hulla and Thomas have previously served on the school board. Bateman was a candidate at the last election, Saling is a physical therapist with Providence Health Center in Eagle Point, Stieber is a retired educator and Dole owns Water World.

The board selected Dole. He will be sworn in and assume the seat at the Feb. 11 meeting of the board. He has two children in the district and one not quite old enough to go to school. He has been involved with youth sports in southern Oregon for eight years, as a coach and as an administrator.  Dole is currently a member of the Upper Rogue Cal Ripken Board of Directors and has been actively involved in its development in the area.

He is coaching at the middle school level, belongs to the EPHS Boosters and supports and works on obtaining items for the D9 Foundation auction.

During the interview process he said he believed part of the school board’s role was to make the best decisions for kids. When asked about the key issues facing the district, he said he felt the bargaining issue was easier than the budget issues facing the district. He also said he has seen improvement in the district, believes the current superintendent is what the board needs and has a list of changes and ideas for the system.

He has operated multiple businesses over the last 22 years and as a result has a strong business background.

The board approved the agreement proposed earlier to amend the salary provisions for the 2008 -2011 administrators agreement. The salary schedule for 2008-09 will be reduced to reflect only the 08-09 percentage increase in salaries agreed upon by the board and the union. It will be effective upon ratification by the board and EPEA and will not be retroactive.

The administrative salary would remain frozen through 2011, unless funds make it possible to fund an increase in the salary schedule. And that would have to come before the school board.

The evaluation format for the superintendent was presented and approved, with additions added this year by Superintendent Rickert.  She included asking the board to gather information and evidence of her performance from the cabinet, district leadership and from her between Feb. 2 and 20 utilizing a multi-page evaluation form.

The schedule then calls for an executive session Feb. 25 to review and submit completed evaluation forms. The week of Mar. 2-9 will be for the board members to review the evaluation. Mar. 11 there will be an executive session with the superintendent for the formal superintendent’s evaluation and on Thursday, Mar. 12, the board  will issue a press release on the evaluation.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent   

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