Sharing a superintendent may not be cost effective for Roosevelt

ROOSEVELT — In an effort to save taxpayer money and increase efficiency, the Board of Education is moving forward with negotiations to finalize new shared service agreements with neighboring school districts.

At this point, the district is comparing data from four neighboring districts regarding business office, library, media facility and curriculum services, according to a press release from the Board of Education.

While the district considered sharing a superintendent, the school board found that this model, which had been used previously, would not be cost effective. The Roosevelt school district has paid between $5,000 and $11,000 annually for superintendent services in the past five years. Proposals to share a superintendent with surrounding districts ranged from $15,000 to $30,000. The district would also have to pay additional costs to keep a principal at Roosevelt Public School.

The data compiled during the district’s superintendent/principal search indicates that it would be more cost effective to place one person in the superintendent and principal positions while streamlining leadership responsibility and properly compensating the person who performs the day-to-day work in district, according to the Board of Education.

The board is optimistic that negotiations regarding the sharing of business office, media and curriculum development will progress in a timely manner, with an eye toward implementing cost-saving measures for the 2011-12 school year, according to the press release.