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Still Paid: Interim District 186 Superintendent Staying on Longer

Updated: Tuesday, May 6 2014, 03:09 PM CDT

The District 186 School Board believes new superintendent Jennifer Gill--who started last week---needs a little help learning the ropes early on. So the district is paying the former interim superintendent to stay on.

For less than a month more with the district, Dr. Bob Hill will earn around $19,500.

The board chose him and voted for Dr. Hill to manage updates to the school board policy book. Remember, how he made $650 a day as interim superintendent? He will keep making $650 a day until the end of June.

Board members say keeping Dr. Hill on will help Superintendent Gill transition into her new position. Overhauling district policy and regulation, they say, isn't something that happens as often as it should. We asked them about the decision to pay so much to get this done.

"It is a very detailed process, and it is something that we want to expedite. And we always have had an outside consultant working on that and so he just seems a natural person to do that," Superintendent Gill said.

"There's nothing to hide here; we're not trying to hide anything. We talked about this a couple months ago when the new superintendent came on, would it be a possibility for Dr. Hill to continue," Mike Zimmers said.

Overall, the board seemed to agree on keeping Dr. Hill, whose days are limited to around 28 now, especially since they want it done by the end of June.

By the way, Mr. Zimmers is the new school board president. Former President Chuck Flamini will serve as board Vice President. Julie Hammers will stay on as board secretary.

The board still hasn't settled on a school calendar for next year. They say they want to hear from you, local parents.

There are two "Family and Community Forums" scheduled to discuss that issue and others this week.

The first is Tuesday, May 5th from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Ridgely Elementary School.

The next is Thursday, May 8th from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the district office. There's also a public hearing on the budget. That's scheduled for June 16th.

Still Paid: Interim District 186 Superintendent Staying on Longer

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