Stewart announced his decision to leave education in April, citing the pressure of the job and the lack of funding for education as major factors in his decision. Scott has worked at South Fork High School in the past and is familiar with the school. She will be stepping into the combined job of superintendent and principal of South Fork on July 1, when Stewart's current contract expires.
The trustees also made an offer to extend the contract of Julie Johansen as associate superintendent and principal of Redway and Whitethorn schools. Board President Dennis O'Sullivan told KMUD news that Johansen said she would discuss it with her family before reaching a decision.
Both offers were made in a special closed session of the board on Friday, May 11.
At their regular monthly meeting, held at Casterlin School on May 9, the trustees voted to confirm layoff notices to the teachers put on notice in March. They also discussed the possibility of a four-day school week, but put off any decision until further analysis of the actual savings such a change would gain.
Board Clerk Susan Thompson said that the general feeling among the trustees was that a major change was not a good idea in a time of transition. They will wait until they have a chance to meet with the new superintendent.
The trustees also considered a lease with the Telegraph Ridge Fire Department for the Ettersburg School, which will close in June. They postponed accepting the lease agreement because of concerns about some language in the document.