Assistant superintendent job to remain vacant

The Brown County Schools assistant superintendent job will not be filled this school year, Superintendent Laura Hammack announced at the Nov. 3 school board meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Dennis Goldberg passed away in October from cancer.

“We have thought about options. We thought as a board about really every option, from filling the position, to the idea of a development of a business manager role,” Hammack said about herself and the board.

She said the plan is to finish the rest of this school year with that job vacant, and during her annual performance review in July, the board will check on how the district is doing.

Goldberg’s contract set his base salary for the 2014-2015 school year at $118,110.

In the meantime, Hammack said she asked the board for permission to contract for consultative services as needed. For example, the district worked with Bob Harris from Educational Services Company on the development of the school’s budget.

“It be could be, as of July 1, we decide that we don’t proceed with the position at all. It could be, as of July 1, we decide to proceed with a modified version of the position,” Hammack said.

“We’re going to live this year and we want to see how it goes and see if we can go forward with the elimination of this significant position in the district.”

Hammack also asked the board for permission to name the new Large Group Instruction space at the high school the “Goldberg Room” in honor of Goldberg.

“It was his final project for this district. He was able to look at that open-air space in the high school and say that could be an interactive opportunity for students and adults to appreciate and use. And it is just that,” Hammack said.

The board agreed and gave Hammack permission to change the name.  The plan is to put a nameplate outside of the room and something inside it to memorialize Goldberg, Hammack said.

The board also agreed to have all board meetings in the Goldberg Room instead of at Brown County Intermediate School beginning Dec. 15, except for two. On Feb. 2 and March 2, meetings will be at Helmsburg and Sprunica elementary schools.