By RON CRAIG
Jon Detwiler, Lakota Local School District’s superintendent, told the Review Times he is among the top five candidates for the same position with Fremont City Schools.
Detwiler is expected to be interviewed this week as the process continues to find a replacement for retiring Fremont Schools Superintendent Traci McCaudy.
“It would be a purely professional move,” Detwiler said of taking the Fremont position, if it is offered to him. “I love it here at Lakota Schools, and I have no reason to want to leave.”
Detwiler may have a leg up on other candidates for the post as he spent 15 years in that school system as a teacher and principal. After he left Fremont, Detwiler went on to become a principal at a Clyde middle school for the next seven years. He is in his fourth year as Lakota’s superintendent.
Fremont City Schools has placed a levy on the May 2 ballot to build four new elementary buildings, a new high school and a new auditorium.
Detwiler said if he is offered the Fremont position and accepts it, it is likely he would begin those duties around Aug. 1.
When Lakota’s board of education meets at 7 p.m. today, they will have a chance to save the district an estimated $250,000-$300,000 on 23-year construction bonds taken out when the school was built about seven years ago.
On the agenda for tonight’s meeting are three resolutions to refinance the bond debt at significantly reduced interest rates.
Detwiler pointed out the district completed a similar measure last year that saved the district millions of dollars in interest.
Also on the agenda for board consideration is a contract with Tiffin University for a College Credit Plus program that allows Lakota students to take college courses at the local school or online. A similar agreement with Toledo University was approved by the board last month.
Several personnel issues are also to be considered by the board tonight, including a pro-forma non-renewal of all supplemental one-year athletic contracts, and the approval of a contract for Bobbie Duvall as a paraprofessional.
The board will meet in the staff dining room on the school’s campus, located at 5200 Sandusky CR 13, Kansas.