Public concern over the future of whole-grade sharing between Hamburg and Farragut led to a crowd attending a special meeting of the Hamburg School Board Monday. At the meeting, the school board voted not to renew a sharing agreement with Farragut for the superintendent position.
Public concern over the future of whole-grade sharing between Hamburg and Farragut led to a crowd attending a special meeting of the Hamburg School Board Monday.
The public was allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting without knowing what the board members’ opinions were going to be on the agenda items.
But the crowd made its opinions known by being vocal throughout the meeting.
Those who spoke overwhelmingly favored maintaining a whole grade sharing relationship with Farragut.
Farragut School Board members expressed concerns that the Hamburg School Board had not been forthcoming in its views and plans.
The Hamburg School Board voted 3 to 1, with one recusing herself, to not continue the shared contract of Superintendent Jay Lutt, saying they felt that Hamburg needed to hire its own superintendent.
Board Member Dave Mincer started discussion on “administrator realignment” and hiring of a new part-time superintendent.
Board member Stenzel said the position would be costly and would drive a wedge between the Hamburg and Farragut school boards.
Mincer said the rest of the board did not agree with Stenzel.
After the crowd again erupted, a motion was made to table discussion of hiring a new superintendent.
A special meeting was scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. because the board did not act on a SBRC Application that must be approved by Feb. 15. The hiring of a new superintendent will be discussed at that meeting also.
See this week’s Hamburg Reporter for more details about the meetng.