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School business manager resigns

Edwards leaves Clintonville district

By Erik Buchinger

Clintonville Public School District Business Manager Lynette Edwards resigned from her position, effective March 2.

The board unanimously approved Edwards’s resignation at a special meeting of the board of education on Friday, Feb. 16.

“I want to thank her for her many years of service in multiple positions,” School Board President Ben Huber said.

Edwards sent in her letter of resignation on Monday, Feb. 12 addressed to the Clintonville Board of Education and Superintendent David Dyb.

“Please accept this letter as my notification of resignation from the Clintonville School District,” the letter stated. “My final day will be Friday March 2, 2018.”

Edwards filed a restraining order and accused Dyb of harassment in late October but ultimately withdrew her petition for a restraining order in court, saying the matter was being investigated internally. The case was dismissed.
The Clintonville School Board unanimously approved the payment of an invoice for Dyb’s attorney in December.

During Friday’s meeting, Dyb and the board discussed the process of replacing Edwards.

Dyb said anyone with a master’s degree could apply for an administrative license.

Huber asked if it has to be a licensed position.

“No, but you wouldn’t be able to call them a business manager,” Dyb said. “You would have to call them bookkeeper or something like that.”

Dyb said the position can be filled at any time.

“We did put on there open until filled, so the assignment doesn’t have to be technically July 1,” Dyb said. “It could just be open until filled so it can be any time. If the right candidate says, ‘You know what? This is awesome. Can I start at a certain date in the future?’ You’d have to consider that.”

Board member Kris Strauman asked if it was possible to get by with less than a full-time person for the position.
“I haven’t really had a chance to dig into that in terms of how that plays out,” Dyb said. “I think my recommendation is to see what the market for applicants bare, and if someone says they can do that job but not full-time is something you could consider as a board and say that’s something for us to think about.”

Dyb said somebody has already reached out to him in regards to the position.

“I was contacted by someone already – word travels fast – by someone who does currently work as a retired part-time business manager that would be interested in helping out the district if we had no one – in that interim process if you will,” Dyb said. “Or in that time where you’re deciding what you want to do long term, this person may be interested in helping out a few days a week to bridge that to what direction you want to go. If now is not the best time to attract applicants to the direction you want to go, that would be an option as well.”

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