The Lone Rock School Board is in the process of searching for an administrator.
“We are actively involved in making education happen at Lone Rock,” said Gary Leese school board member. “The trustees are in the process of finalizing their decision and seeking public input.”
All of the school board meetings are public. The position has been posted and 10 applicants have applied. The trustees are hosting interviews at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and another open session for community, staff and faculty at 3:45 p.m., on Tuesday, May 9, at the Lone Rock School.
“There may be more interviews and community input opportunities,” Leese said. “Then when the decision is made we’ll have a community gathering to welcome the new hiree.”
Leese said the administrator will have the duties of both superintendent and principal due to the enrollment and financial situation.
“Funding is such that we need to make the most bang for our buck,” he said. “We feel that’s where we’ve got to go. You’ve seen what Victor is going through and what Hamilton is struggling for and we’re in the same ball game.”
Current Lone Rock enrollment is 218 to 220, which is 100 fewer students than in the 2008-2009 school year.
“It hurts,” Leese said. “Two years ago when our ANB numbers came out we were out about $96,000 and this year we are down about $93,000 more. We have to tighten belts and make drastic decisions. It’s hard.”
The school had a part-time superintendent last year.
“We’ll need to keep a part-time superintendent and principal until we see enrollment numbers turn around and go the other way,” Leese said. “This is one of our efforts to make the budget go as far as it can. It’s new ground and a positive approach to keep quality education that Lone Rock’s been famous for. “
Leese said everyone is invited to be involved in the k-8 school and attend the interviews and open sessions on Tuesday, May 9, at Lone Rock School, 1112 Three Mile Creek Rd.