Community leaders will play a big role in selecting Waterloo’s next superintendent

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Atwater trustees meeting

Faced with the imminent resignation of Waterloo schools superintendent Shawn Braman, the school board is putting together an interview committee that involves leaders from each of the two communities it serves.

Board President Brian Pusateri on Tuesday outlined the board’s plan to Atwater trustees.

The intent is to include one trustee and one fire department member from Atwater and Randolph on the interview team. The first round of interviews is April 17.

“I think the thinking is that way you have more input from community members,” Atwater trustee Peggy Bainey said. “Usually the school board is the only one doing the interviewing. I think it brings the communities together in agreement as to who the superintendent will be. That’s a very important job.”

Waterloo school district residents will decide on a five-year, 1.5% earned income tax levy on the May 4 ballot. If it is approved, “the money generated will keep the schools open and in local control,” Bainey said.

More from the meeting:

  • Trustees noted that Petrie Road is slated for road work. The township’s road department needs to replace a culvert pipe that crosses the road before starting resurfacing work. No word on when work will begin.
  • Residents who notice workers removing two tractor tires that children play on at Atwater Park should not be alarmed. The tires are being moved closer to the playground area. “We’re not getting rid of them,” Bainey said.
  • Trustees assessed a $6,500 estimate from England & Sons Concrete for 2 ADA-compliant parking spots at the playground. They expect to vote on the estimate at the next council meeting.
  • The township’s zoning secretary has the green light to purchase a new copy machine, which is estimated to cost about $100. The township’s old machine is incompatible with the secretary’s computer, Bainey said.

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