Zumbrota-Mazeppa declines Kenyon-Wanamingo proposal to share superintendent
MAZEPPA — The Zumbrota-Mazeppa School Board has rejected Kenyon-Wanamingo's proposal to share a superintendent.
K-W broached the idea in late October after long-time superintendent Jeff Evert announced he would be retiring at the end of the current school year. Some K-W board members thought the timing was right to explore a shared position as a cost-saving measure, noting Z-M Superintendent Tony Simons recently had announced a resignation at the same time.
However, the Z-M School Board was quick to decline that option in a letter written by chairman Pete Hinrichs.
"Our consensus was that this is not a practical option," Hinrichs wrote last month. "Serving four communities, two districts, two boards, etc. would be very challenging for one person to handle."
Hinrichs did allow that he wants to keep the lines of communications open, particularly about cost-reduction ideas.
The K-W School Board is scheduled to meet Dec. 15 to discuss options. The job has not been posted yet because the board is weighing whether to conduct the search itself or to hire a search firm, according to Evert's secretary.