Hayden School Board to talk about administration

District could hire secondary principal and superintendent, or post jobs

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What: Hayden School Board special meeting

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Room 165 at Hayden High School, across the hall from the office

Rockhold’s future

Outgoing Hayden Superintendent Greg Rockhold, who joined the district in March 2008 from E.W. Grove High School in Paris, Tenn., said he might take some time off after the school year, but he doesn’t have any plans for 2010-11. The Hayden School Board voted unanimously to not renew his contract for next year.

“I most likely won’t stay in the area unless something happens,” he said.

During his career, Rockhold also has been a teacher, an adjunct professor and an assistant principal. He also served in the Marine Corps. He was educated in New Mexico, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

Rockhold said he was surprised his contract wasn’t renewed but that he doesn’t have any “ill will” toward the district.

— The Hayden School Board is scheduled to approve a new administrative leadership structure at a special meeting tonight.

At its March 17 meeting, board members approved re­­structuring the district’s three schools into a K-5 primary school and 6-12 secondary school starting this fall for the 2010-11 year. Board members also voted not to approve Su­­per­intendent Greg Rock­hold’s contract for next school year.

They did, however, approve the renewal of Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Rhonda Sweetser’s contract for next year. The board tabled approval of the 2010-11 contracts for Hayden Middle School Principal Gina Zabel and Hayden High School Princ­ipal Troy Zabel.

The School Board is working to address a projected $495,000 budget shortfall in 2010-11. The deficit is based on a reduction in funding from the state and increased costs for employee health insurance and retirement benefits.

School Board President Brian Hoza said Tuesday that tonight’s meeting was scheduled so board members could identify what the new administrative structure would be and what duties a secondary principal and superintendent would have. Those duties could include which position would oversee or help out at the middle school.

“We didn’t want to be hasty with those decisions at the last meeting,” Hoza said. “We felt some research and discussions had to take place before moving forward with that.”

In addition to discussing the duties of the secondary principal and superintendent, board members also will discuss the open transportation director position, which Hoza said could be combined with a director position. Board members also are scheduled to take action about whether to open job postings for secondary principal and superintendent or hire existing district staff for those positions.

The School Board also is scheduled to enter into executive session to discuss “personnel” and “negotiations,” according to the meeting agenda. The meeting is set to end with a board debriefing to clarify next steps for staffing and continuing budget discussions. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Room 165 of the high school, across the hall from the office.

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