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RISD board to review superintendent search

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The Roswell Independent School Board will discuss the search for a new superintendent, support for students in remote learning and an adjustment to holiday schedules when it meets Tuesday.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave. Only board members and a few support staff will be in attendance in accordance with the state public health order.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel. Anyone wishing to speak during the inquiries and general comments section of the agenda will need to contact the Superintendent’s Office at 575-627-2511 by 4 p.m. Monday. Individuals asking to speak will receive a phone call during the meeting and will be allowed three minutes to speak.

At October’s meeting, the board discussed guidelines for the search for a superintendent to replace Mike Gottlieb, whose contract ends on June 30. The board established dates to advertise for the position as well as the closing date for applications and deadlines for screening applicants and interviews. The board also established the desired characteristics, minimum requirements, salary and benefits for the position. They will review that information at Tuesday’s meeting as well as options including a search with internal candidates or using an outside agency to conduct the search.

The board will also hear reports on what support is being offered during distance learning for English Language Learners and for struggling students, how well those supports are working and what steps parents can take if they are concerned with their child’s progress.

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A discussion of adjusting the calendar following the holidays is also on the agenda. Under the proposal, cafeteria workers would prepare breakfast and lunches for the entire week to be passed out on Nov. 30 and Jan. 4, when classes resume after breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Maintenance and custodians would work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of those weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus if families travel or have gatherings over the holidays, according to the agenda packet.

The board will also consider changing its December meeting date from Dec. 8 to Dec.10 and recognize staff from several elementary schools.

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