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Prospect changes top administrative position with superintendent departure

The Prospect School Board is looking to hire someone new to head the district as Superintendent Doug Jantzi prepares to leave at the end of the school year.

“I think the school district’s (headed in) the right direction, and I feel very comfortable leaving them at this time,” Jantzi said. He’s held a half-time role as Prospect’s superintendent for three years.

As Jantzi looks ahead to his second attempt at retirement, the School Board is preparing to replace him in a slightly different way than filling the same part-time position.

According to Joshua Wetzel, the board chairman, the new top administrator likely will serve as a superintendent-principal — a full-time position with a different set of responsibilities, still to be determined, than what was written into Jantzi’s role.

Board members floated the idea at a meeting in March 2019 but went to the staff for opinions before deciding on their hiring choice. Using an anonymous survey, Wetzel said, the board collected feedback on which administrative configuration was favored by the staff.

Of the three choices — which included the status quo with a half-time superintendent, the option of a full-time superintendent and a full-time principal, or a superintendent-principal and a principal — staff favored the latter, Wetzel said.

To guide the search, the School Board will refer to a district policy on “qualities and duties of the superintendent.” Members of the public were invited to give feedback at a board meeting on Feb. 10.

“Prospect has had the opportunity over the last couple of years to really cultivate our staff into many different leadership roles,” Wetzel said in an email. “This next step with the administrative structure is just building upon the work we have been doing.”

Wetzel and Ben Breiholz, another board member, will conduct informal interviews with internal candidates, presenting their findings to the rest of the School Board in executive session on March 9. If the board does not select a candidate from among the internal applicants during the regular meeting that follows the executive session, it will open up the position again for a nationwide search.

With only two full-time administrative positions approved by the board, the position of assistant principal would likely be phased out, Wetzel said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay at ktornay@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4497. Follow her on Twitter @ka_tornay.

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