Mid-Central Educational Cooperative is still taking applications for its executive director position through Friday, but with its retiring exec Dan Guericke on administrative leave due to felony charges, Mid-Central needs someone to mind the store. Thus, Mid-Central has appointed former Stickney superintendent Bob Krietlow as interim director. Krietlow retired last year as Stickney and Corsica completed their school consolidation.
Interim exec Krietlow will be joined by new interim business manager Merna Bye, who retired last year from her position as business manager for the Corsica School District. Mid-Central appointed Bye to that unenviable position last week Thursday at its regular monthly meeting.
At that meeting, Mid-Central signed contracts for thirteen special education staff (Penny McCormick-Gilles, Steve Gilles, Valerie Johnson, Kristi Kafka, Jayne Rubendall, Laura Bergeleen, Tania Witt, Jennifer Klundt, Nicole Palmer, Roxann Larson, Natalie Wright, Jennifer Boyden, and Tayla Thomas), accepted one retirement (Sara Fridley) and one resignation (Sandy Stukel), and then axed fifteen positions: Diane Olson, Roxane Dyk, Cindy Nagel, Gywneth Witte, Jean Larson, Holly Mosterd, Pat Hubert, Pat Bruinsma, Jeff Schneider, Mary Schneider, Robin Fischer, Renee Thomas, Jodi Stoddard-Herber, Jocelyn Grosz, and Mari Biehl.
With the impending loss of state contracts, such cuts were inevitable. But state money is still coming this year: Mid-Central approved an addendum worth $206,400 to Contract 2014C-551, under which Mid-Central provides professional development programs to schools on teacher effectiveness and Common Core. The original contract from June 2014 names Diane Olson as Mid-Central’s lead contact person on the contract. Listed among the half of Mid-Central’s staff let go, Diane Olson is the wife for former Republican legislator Ed Olson from Mitchell.