The search is over; Dr. Teresa Rensch has accepted the position of superintendent of the St. Maries School District.
The district had been searching for a new superintendent since Alica Holthaus announced her retirement in the fall of last year. Her retirement is effective at the end of the school year in June 2023.
Trustees interviewed three final candidates for the position last week.
The public had a chance to meet with the candidates at a public forum Thursday evening, and the trustees met with them privately Friday.
They announced their decision in a Facebook post Friday afternoon encouraging the public to welcome the new superintendent.
“We are excited about the skills she will bring to the position,” it stated. “Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rensch to our communities.”
Dr. Rensch has served as the principal of the Konocti Unified School District based in Lake County, California for over a year. She previously served as the Director of the Curriculum of Instruction for six and a half years. Dr. Rensch also has an extensive background in serving various districts such as the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District and the Chicago Public School District. She has a Master’s degree in Education Leadership and a Doctorate degree in Education Leadership and Management.
“The most important job of the Board is to select a new superintendent,” Chairman Jody Hendrickx said. “A thorough and complete search included feedback from the community and the staff, and interviews.”
The district originally received nine applications. Trustees narrowed that down to five and then chose three candidates after google meet interviews. One of the three candidates withdrew their application, leaving the board two to choose between last week.
“Dr. Rensch was chosen because she was the most qualified candidate,” Hendrickx said.
The new superintendent’s contract begins July 1.
• The budget hearing for the 2023-2024 school year was scheduled to happen during the regularly-scheduled board meeting June 12.
• Trustees approved an eight percent increase in the prices of adult meals served by the district. An adult breakfast now costs $2.65 and lunch is $4.70.
Superintendent Alica Holthaus said that the meal was still a heck of a deal and that the price increase was a state requirement.
“We couldn’t even apply for next year’s programs without meeting federal minimums on the adult prices,” she said. “Student prices have not changed yet, but they may in the spring.”
• Trustees also agreed to request bids for three facilities projects; refinishing of the gymnasium floor and replacement of the gymnasium roof at UpRiver Elementary School and repair/repave the asphalt in the playground at Heyburn Elementary.
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