Como-Pickton board set to hire superintendent

From Staff Reports

Apr. 29, 2007 - At the end of the night Monday, Como-Pickton's school distict should have its administrative roster filled.

The school board is slated to hold a special board meeting, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school library, for just that purpose.

The board is slated to go into executive session to "deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee" and to consult with their attorney.

After the closed session, they are expected to formally hire Sandra Billodeau as the superintendent.

School trustees on April 9 named Billodeau, who has been acting as superintendent since January, the lone finalist for the superintendent's post and offered her the contact. State law requires a 21-day waiting period before a superintendent can officially be hired after being offered a contract.

School board President Mark Humphrey was authorized by the other members of the school board to finalize the contract for Billodeau's employment.

Humphrey said Billodeau's character and dedication to the school district, which has been proven during her 20-plus years of service, made her the best person for the job.

Billodeau has served as assistant superintendent at C-P Consolidated Independent School District since 2001. She began her career at Como-Pickton in 1984 as a teacher/counselor — the first counselor at the school. She went on to serve in a number of administrative positions, including assistant principal for prekindergarten through 12th grade students, elementary principal, prekindergarten through 12th grade principal, then assistant superintendent.

"I consider it a great honor to work for the children of this community and to serve this communityty," Billodeau said after being named the finalist.

She said her most immediate goals are getting high school students signed up for next year and setting courses, getting staff "signed up" and hired, and working on the budget.

She also said she anticipates making a few administrative changes. The Monday night agenda calls for the employment of an assistant superintendent, a position previously filled by Billodeau, as well as a secondary assistant principal.

An administrative shake-up in December by former Superintendent Bryan Neal, who later resigned, affected 11 people. Several high school and junior high school faculty members were also reassigned or given alternate or extra duties following the Christmas break.

As acting superintendent following those shake-ups, Billodeau had said she would see that an "internal investigation is done properly," and would look at the different positions and make recommendations to the board regarding who would best serve in those positions.

"The recent changes upset a lot of people," Billodeau acknowledged. "I will look at those to see if that was the most effective way to do that or if something else would be more effective, and make recommendations to the board."

Earlier this month, she noted having what she believed to be a "great working relationship" with both the board and majority of the staff at C-P CISD.

How many of those staff members affected by the shake-ups will opt to continue working at C-P after their contracts are up this year remains to be seen. Some staff members, following other board meetings, indicated their decision will depend largely on what, if any, staff changes Billodeau makes as superintendent.

The board is also slated to consider any resignations which may have been submitted since the last board meeting following the executive session.

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