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186 Administrative Residency Requirement Still Looms; Leming Contract Extended
186 Administrative Residency Requirement Still Looms; Leming Contract Extended

It will be at least a few more weeks before the Springfield Board of Education decides what it wants to do regarding an administrative residency requirement.

Some board members were concerned a long standing policy of administrators living within district boundaries is being violated. Subdistrict 4′s Mike Zimmers wants a decision one way or another.

“If we’re going to have it on the books let’s enforce it, if we’re not going to enforce it let’s take it off the books,” says Zimmers. “If we’re going to have the policy, let’s write it so it’s meaningful and then let’s enforce the policy.”

Board members were fuzzy on how long the policy has been in place, but interim Superintendent Bob Leming says he was asked to move into the district in the early 1980′s when he was first hired.

The board wants to have the rule revised by August.

Meanwhile, Leming’s contract has been extended by 100 working days, or until a new superintendent is selected, whichever comes first. It’s effective July 1. He’ll be paid $650 a day.

Leming says the district is still eyeing a July 1, 2014 start date, but that’s flexible.

“If the candidate the board prefers is available to start sooner than July 1 of 2014, then we would do that,” says Leming.