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RISD names Gottlieb as superintendent

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RISD Interim
Superintendent Mike Gottlieb

Citing a need for strong leadership in difficult times, the Roswell Independent School District board unanimously approved a contract for Mike Gottlieb to continue as superintendent at its meeting Tuesday night.

He was named interim superintendent through June 30 at a Jan. 21 special meeting following the resignation of Dr. Ann McIlroy. His contract will be through June 2021, Board President Alan Gedde said after Tuesday’s meeting. The board will still continue with the process of conducting a search for a superintendent to take over after Gottlieb’s contract ends, Gedde said.

Gottlieb, who was an educator with Roswell schools for 31 years, retired in 2012 after serving as superintendent for eight years.

Board members praised Gottlieb for his leadership of the district through a closure and setting up distance learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I appreciate Mike stepping up,” Board Member James Edwards said. “I think Mike’s done a real good job. In difficult times we need good leadership and I think he offers good leadership.”

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“I can’t imagine anyone leading us through difficult times. Mr. Gottlieb has been a godsend,” Board Member Mona Kirk said.

After the vote, Gottlieb praised the RISD staff, saying everyone from teachers to janitors to cafeteria workers have offered to do whatever they could to help the district in difficult times.

“I can’t thank the community of RISD enough for everything that is done to try and make this situation, a very difficult situation, the best for our families,” he said.

The board also chose to keep Gedde as president of the board for another year, but chose a new vice president and secretary.

After a failed attempt by Kirk to table the reorganization of the board until January, the board approved a motion to go ahead with the reorganization.

Edwards nominated Gedde. He was re-elected president 4-1, with Hope Morales voting no.

Edwards declined a nomination by Kirk to continue as vice president. He nominated Morales. She was elected unanimously.

Morales then nominated Hilda Sanchez as secretary; that vote was also unanimous.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

 

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