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January 23, 2019

12/15/2018 11:35:00 AM
Northland School Board discusses superintendent sharing with Hill City
By Kyndra Johnson of the Press-Citizen

The Northland School Board met in a special session Monday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Northland High School. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the option of sharing superintendent services with the Hill City School District. Dr. Lee Pritzel, Elevated Performance 4U, was on hand to lead the discussion between the Northland School Board and the Hill City School Board, who joined the meeting via teleconferencing.

During the discussion the Northland board members showed concern in areas that the current administrative staff may not be ready to take on the extra responsibility of having the superintendent not available 100% of the time and the superintendents time not being spread equally between the districts. Dr. Pritzel brought up some positive aspects of sharing superintendents, one being the cost savings to both districts which will allow them to enhance programs in the school rather than cut programs due to budget concerns. Another positive would be that the board has already had the opportunity to work with the Hill City Superintendent when he filled in at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. A third positive would be if a decision is made now, there is still another six months before current Superintendent John McDonald's retirement for him and Hill City Superintendent Pat Rendle to work together and help the current administrative staff adjust to the new situation.

After lengthy discussion both boards motioned and approved to move forward with drafting an agreement to share superintendents between the Hill City and Northland School District. This agreement will be drafted and ready for approval at the next board meetings for both Hill City and Northland. Those meetings are to be held Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. in Hill City and Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Northland High School.

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