NEH names three superintendent finalists

BLAIRSBURG – Northeast Hamilton Schools has announced the names of three candidates for the superintendent position being vacated by current administrator Patrick Hocking.

The candidates are: Dr. Steve Seid, interim superintendent of Clark Community School District in Osceola; Principal Larry Frakes, Keokuk High School, Keokuk CSD; and Principal Brandt Snakenberg, Waco Elementary CSD, Waco, Iowa.

Interviews will be conducted by the NEH School board on Tuesday and Wednesday, reported NEH Business Manager Susie Fiscus.

The board has the option to take action as soon as the interviews have been completed, she said.

The candidates were announced Thursday morning.

At a special meeting Wednesday night, the NEH School board approved a proposal with Webster City CSD to share business office personnel.

The Hamilton County Regional Business agreement would transfer all NEH district business operations to the Webster City CSD office. There would be an 80/20 division of labor between WCCSD and the Blairsburg school with an office representative at NEH three afternoons per week, reported Fiscus.

This agreement addresses the vacancy created by the departure of Fiscus, said NEH Administrator Dennis Bahr.

The agreement carries the same conditions as the partial day sharing terms, said Bahr with each school being able to retract the agreement with advance notice.

The board also approved the purchase of the Software Unlimited program at a prorated cost. The initial cost is $5,300, but NEH’s investment would be pro-rated from the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, said Fiscus.

Subscription costs for subsequent years would be at a lower maintenance fee.

Software Unlimited is the program used by over 65 per cent of all school districts in Iowa and it is currently used by Webster City CSD.

Software Unlimited is more versatile, according to Fiscus. Added functions include an auto calling system and electronic time sheets.

The program also backs up school files every 15 minutes, said Bahr.

In a related matter, Bahr told the board that NEH would institute cross-training practices to insure every office employee can conduct office tasks.

Bahr outlined four objectives for the district: develop a transitional plan; adopt software conversion; think, adapt and change; and launch staff cross-training.

Earlier this month, the NEH School District was faced with two administrative resignations. Superintendent Patrick Hocking resigned to take the position of superintendent of the Lisbon, Iowa CSD and Business Manager Susie Fiscus will leave due to a family business transfer.