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BEA board to search for new K-8 principal

By Staff | Apr 15, 2012

Just weeks after they filled their open superintendent’s position, the Blue Earth Area School Board will be searching again for another top administrator.

Kevin Grant, elementary principal, formally presented his resignation at last Monday’s board meeting.

Grant, who serves at both the Winnebago and Blue Earth school buildings, had announced his retirement last year. However, he was hired back by the board on a one-year contract.

Superintendent Dale Brandsoy informed the board that it was his intention to offer Grant a part-time contract simply to administrate the Title I program at the school.

“Kevin has a real expertise in this area and I feel we need him to continue this work, at least for this next year,” Brandsoy says.

As far as replacing Grant, Brandsoy says the plan at this time would be to change the job description of that position and to advertise for an assistant K-8 principal.

He says middle school principal Melissa McGuire would be the K-8 principal, but the workload is enough to warrant two persons needed.

“Especially as we add the Q-comp program next year, we will need two people,” Brandsoy says. “We are working on the details of the position now.” In other business, the school board:

had a demonstration from the BEA Robotics Team of the robot they built and competed with recently at state competition.

ratified the certified staff (teachers) contract. It includes a salary amount increase of .45 percent for this current year and a zero increase for next year.

discussed a proposal from Alliant Energy to purchase two lots next to the Winnebago bus garage for $5,000.

Board member Jesse Haugh suggested the lots be put out for bids, or at least that it be advertised that they are being sold.

Brandsoy says he felt the offer from Alliant was more than fair, but he would investigate notifying the public about the lots being sold before the deal was done.

He added he would have the school district’s attorney complete the purchase and sale agreements and would bring them to the next meeting.

learned that enrollment projections for next year continue to be strong, with kindergarten, first and second grade remaining the largest three classes in the system.