Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 25, 2014

Schools OK interim officials

The Register-News

---- — BLUFORD — The Webber Township High School and Bluford Grade School Boards of Education Thursday approved hiring John Ashby and Rod Stover as interim superintendents for the two school districts.

Former superintendent Scott Porter stepped down earlier this month to pursue a business venture in Tennessee.

Starting May 1, Ashby will serve as interim superintendent of the two districts alone until July 1. Then Stover will come on board and the two men will be dual superintendents, serving on alternate days, Ashby said.

Both were appointed at a joint meeting of the two school boards Thursday night, following a lengthy executive session. The boards also held their own separate meetings that evening as well.

“Our hopes are just to try to get them through the remainder of the year and keep the positive education going that they have here,” Ashby said. “We’re interim until they find someone.”

Ashby previously served as superintendent at Field Grade School, and was interim superintendent at Opdyke-Belle Rive School District.

Stover was also interim superintendent at Opdyke-Belle Rive. In addition, he served as superintendent for Woodlawn Grade School and was a former principal for Webber Township High School. Stover declined to comment for this story.

The two school boards Thursday were also set to discuss consolidation, but had not yet done so as of press time that evening.

Other Webber Township Board actions Thursday included:

n Approval of a resolution declaring the intent to issue working cash fund bonds for the district. The Bluford Grade School Board also approved a resolution related to the sale of such bonds.

n Approval of the Treasurer’s Report and the annual Prevailing Wage Statement.

n Discussion of placing senior class pictures on the wall at the high school. Audience member JD McKinney addressed the Webber Township Board, asking board members to put the pictures back up. The pictures, which date from 1933 to the present, had been taken down three years ago, but were never returned to the wall, McKinney said.