Petition fails to sway Fremont board to reconsider
The move followed the board’s announcement last week that it would skip the search and offer a 5-year contract to Betsey Cox-Buteau, who was appointed interim superintendent of the Fremont School District in July.
About 20 residents attended the meeting, several of whom expressed frustration with the board’s handling of the superintendent’s position.
Many said they were led to believe that the board would perform a full search for the best candidate and were surprised when they learned of the vote to offer the job to Cox after she spent only four months on the job.
Several residents also said they felt a 5-year offer was too long for someone who’s been with the district for such a short time.
Despite the petition, board Chairman Ida Keane said the board made no change to its original vote to offer the 5-year agreement to Cox, who replaced Michelle Langa after she quit before the end of the last school year.
“I found her to be an extremely effective superintendent (for) this district,” Keane said.
The decision to offer Cox the job was made after about 80 parents, teachers, staff members and others in the community filled out evaluation forms designed to provide feedback on Cox’s job performance so far.
Board member Greg Fraize was the only one to vote against the contract offer. While he said he feels Cox would “do a good job for the district,” Fraize insisted residents were led to believe a search would be done.
She also favors a 5-year agreement.
“I think we need a long-term commitment from a superintendent,” Girardi said.