Harrisburg school board considered bids by two firms to assist them in locating the best candidate to fill the vacant superintendent's slot during a special board meeting Wednesday.
Former superintendent Dennis Smith resigned effective Jan. 1 citing conflicts with members of the board. The spot has been filled temporarily by Karen Crank and Scott Dewar. Crank is the high school principal and Dewar is the East Side School principal. They are still holding those positions with a bump of $7,500 in salary.
The board heard a presentation from Thomas Leahy, Consultant for Illinois Association of School Boards who offered a $6,500 price for a search that would be completed in three to four months and would deliver six candidates for board approval.
David Elson of Educate, Train and Consult Corporation of Godfry made his presentation quoting a $5,100 price tag.
Both offered to save the board time and labor in making the search that in the past was most often done by the board.
The men assured the board that they would each provide well-researched candidates in a timely manner.
Tom DeNeal, board president, said after the presentations that the board would consider the information and make an announcement of its plans at the next regularly scheduled meeting 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Middle School.
A presentation was given by middle school vice principal Gabe Angelly concerning the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. He cited $499 as the price per student to travel by air to the capital, stay in a hotel and have meals and bus service provided.
He stated that this was a low price for such service and that back in the 1990s priced at $399. He said this was not a great increase.
Fifty of 150 eighth graders are currently signed up to go on this trip, said Angelly. Others may be added, but time is limited. The airlines require notification in advance in order to deliver the lower priced tickets he said.