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ASD searches for super, prepares levy

ARLINGTON The Arlington School District is looking to replace its outgoing leadership and its soon-to-expire levy by early next year.
Superintendent Search
In the wake of Linda Byrnes retirement as superintendent at the end of the current school year, ASD is accepting applications for the position until Jan. 14.
The ASD Board of Directors is working with McPherson and Jacobson LLC., an executive recruitment and development firm, to assist in their search for a new superintendent.
Candidate interviews are planned for February of next year, with the selection of a new superintendent slated for March 1, so he or she may assume duties on or before July 1.
ASD is scheduling school and community input, including meetings with employees, parents, students, community members, and business and civic leaders, to assist the board in finding the right match for Arlington.
ASD Public Information Coordinator Misti Gilman added that those wishing to provide input may do so anonymously in writing.
Input survey forms are available online at www.asd.wednet.edu, via e-mail at mail@macnjake.com, through fax at 402-991-7168, or by postal mail at:
McPherson & Jacobson
P.O. Box 7346
Omaha, Neb. 68107
Please indicate the name of the school district for which you are providing input. The information received is summarized and presented to the board, and individual respondents will not be identified.
Replacement Levy
The ASB Board of Directors approved a resolution Nov. 26 for a proposed four-year replacement school programs and operations levy election Feb. 19, 2008.
Gilman explained that the proposed levy is not a new tax, because if approved, it would replace the existing levy, which is scheduled to expire at the end of 2008.
In 2004, voters approved a school programs and operations levy resulting in a rate of $3.21 for $1,000 of assessed valuation, Gilman said. This levy proposal is an even lower rate of $2.20 per $1,000.
The levy makes up between 18-20 percent of the school districts budget, and covers 100 percent of its co-curricular activities, such as music, drama, activities and clubs, as well as 90 percent of its co-curricular sports.
Approximately half of the school districts levy dollars go to certificated staff, such as teachers, counselors and nurses, and classified staff, such as school secretaries, custodians and para-educators.
The levy also funds 60 percent of ASD technology, 30 percent of its transportation services, 25 percent of the school and department budgets and building support, and portions of its curricula, instructional materials and teacher training.
Gilman encouraged those with questions to contact her by phone at 360-618-6200, or via e-mail at Misti_Gilman@asd.wednet.edu. Information is also available online at www.asd.wednet.edu.

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