Interim superintendent hired in Carey; move questioned

CAREY – At a special meeting Monday, the Carey Board of Education approved Rodney Russell to serve as an interim superintendent until a permanent replacement can be found for the current superintendent, Mark Vehre, who is retiring.

Russell now serves as the superintendent for the Vanlue School district.

Former superintendent Ray Funk and maintenance supervisor Stan Stombaugh were on hand to express their concerns regarding the rehiring of Vehre as superintendent.

Stombaugh told the board members he disagreed with their decision on not rehiring Vehre after retiring and wanted an explanation for the decision. He said there was no board policy in place to support the position. He added that it would be cost effective to rehire Vehre and noted his 29 years of experience.

Funk also expressing his support for Vehre and voiced his concerns with the decision.

Board President Linda Kin said the decision was made to not rehire retirees, and added it was not made lightly.

The board also:

Approved contracts for the 2013-14 school year including Coral Curns, one-year limited elementary teaching contract, and Jane Rigsby and Dick Wilson as substitute bus drivers.

Approved Peter Cole, Philip Miller and Eric Vackert as substitute van drivers for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved the use of the school building for an after-school program sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church.

Approved to change bond payment dates to May and November instead of June and December in order to qualify the bonds for the State Aid Intercept Program.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for July 8.