At Monday's Board of Education workshop meeting, a surprise announcement was made: Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger will extend his contract beyond the end of this school year.
In the fall, Dr. Draeger announced that he would leave his post at the end of June 2010. In October, the board retained Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd. (HYA), a prominent search firm, to help find his replacement.
But last night, associates from HYA and the board said that Dr. Draeger will remain his position. According to Jessica Ganz, communications and community outreach manager for the district, it was decided by the board and search firm that it would be in the district's best interest for Dr. Draeger to stay. When they approached him with the idea, he agreed.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce that, after careful consideration, and with the complete support of the board, Dr. Brad Draeger has agreed to remain in his capacity as our superintendent of schools," said Charles Granata, board president, in an official statement released by the board.
During his tenure as superintendent, Dr. Draeger has "approached the operational and academic needs of the district with all children and stakeholders in mind, implementing, processes and mechanisms that will help insure long‐term growth and achievement," continued Granata.
The board will hold a special voting meeting on Thursday, February 4 at 8 a.m. at the board office to vote on his new contract, effective July 1, 2010.