Snake River trustees begin search for new superintendent

THOMAS — Russell Hammond, superintendent of the Snake River School District, is retiring July 31, 2012.
District trustees have begun searching for his replacement. The application period began Dec. 1 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Applications must be received by the February date. To date, one application has been received.
"Are we working under a deadline?" asked trustee Steve Reader.
"Yes, you probably want someone in place by July 1," Hammond said.
ISU student Anthony Cade will work as a student intern to complete his teaching degree. He will intern under Steve Morten, the government and history teacher, from Jan. 9 through May 4, 2012.
Brent K. Young will receive a diploma from Snake River High School through Operation Recognition Diploma. In 1968, Young had joined the Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and was called up before he could complete his high school education.
Hammond will work with the family to establish the date this recognition will happen.
The Idaho School Board Association's (ISBA) "Day on the Hill" with the Idaho Legislature is Feb. 14, 15. All trustees are planning to attend.
Hopefully, trustees will meet with House and Senate education committee leadership as well as a delegation from the Joint Finance and Appropriation Committee (JFAC), said board chair Julie Van Orden.
Trustees approved:
° Policy 7115 that eliminates continuous employment.
° Policy 7120 that requires an annual employee exam.
° Policy 7132 regarding supplemental contracts for extra duty assignments.
There are three types of contracts, Hammond said. Contract A is for one year of employment. Contract B is a two-year contract. Contract C outlines a renewable category.
These changes were made to concur with state requirements.
The ISBA recommends school districts change auditors every six to 10 years, said Hammond.
"With all the changes we are facing, it would probably be best for us to have a auditor who is used to us," Reader said.
Auditor Timothy Folke with Folke CPA from Caldwell was hired for a basic auditing package through June 30, 2013. Folke will be paid $6,200 for the 2011-2012 school year and $6,400 from the 2012-2013 school year.
Beginning Jan. 9, a new sound system will be put in the Snake River High School auditorium. They have until the end of the month to finish this project.
Other facility projects yet to be completed are:
° the phone system
° a sound system in the high school cafeteria
° the water system at the middle school.
The Snake River Education Foundation raised almost $7,000 after expenses at the Halloween Carnival. The Foundation also earned $6,700 from the Vocal Point performance.