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FWCS School Board hires training firm for help finding new superintendent

FORT WAYNE (WPTA21) — Starting this week, Fort Wayne Community Schools board members will begin training on how to begin the search process for a new superintendent.

When asked why the school board needs training on how to hire a superintendent, a source close to the search replied, “we are not HR professionals.” According to an agenda for an Executive Session meeting this week, the board is bringing in an outside consultant to help with training.

The source declined to name the company providing the training.

FWCS Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson previously announced she would not seek another term after her contract ending in June 2019. However in December 2017, the school board voted 5-1 to extend Robinson’s contract for one more year – through June 30th of 2020.

Glenna Jehl was the only board member who voted against the one-year extension for Robinson’s contract – which pays nearly $300,000 a year.

“For that amount of money annually I would expect better results,” said Jehl to an ABC21 reporter the night of the vote. “Currently we have 15 out of 48 schools considered D and F schools. This is about the only way I can hold the superintendent accountable.”

When asked to respond to Jehl’s remarks that night, Robinson replied, “I don’t think if five board members voted for my contract that we have to defend what one board member thought. I appreciate the fact that the board has enough faith, not just in me, but in the district to know that this is a complex education environment in this state.”

Alexis Shear

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