By Joseph Pratt
Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) has been under the direction of interim superintendent Julie Monroe this year, after removal the previous the superintendent James Krumer for improper credentials.
Krumer had let his certificate expire, he was granted time to renew it, but did not. The Scioto County Board of DD had to let him go, since he would not follow through with obtaining proper certification.
Following an executive session of the SCBDD Board of Education it was announced that interviews for the position of superintendent would be held on Monday, April 14 between 6 and 8 p.m.
Two candidates to be interviewed, will be Monroe and Ben Hollinger, who served as superintendent at SCBDD for a year in 2011. Hollinger left the position to accept the position of assistant deputy director for the Division of Policy and Strategic Direction with the Ohio Department of Development Disabilities (DODD).
Monroe was appointed as interim after the departure of Krumer, because she was the only qualified staff interested in the position.
Monroe has been with the SCBDD for 16 years and served as the community services director, overseeing such programs as the Special Olympics.
“I’ve enjoyed the position (superintendent) so far. I like the challenge and I’ve been preparing for it a long time. I’ve worked in the agency for a long time and I want to be able to put my skills to good use,” Monroe said. “I think I have a lot of offer, in terms of my knowledge of the DD system, in particular the Scioto County system.”
Hollinger was unavailable for comment.
The two applicants are not the only possible options that the board will be looking into; they are only the first two to be interviewed.
In other SCBDD news, the board agreed to change their hiring policy at the March board meeting, which made more people eligible for a position at the school.
“Mr. (Mike) Thoroughman made a motion to change Personnel Policy 2.05 ‘Verification of Employment Eligibility’, Section B.2., regarding driving eligibility of applicants, to allow the agency to consider an applicant for hire, who, among other things had been convicted of reckless driving, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, vehicular homicide, and a number of other serious driving violations, in the three years previous. It was specified that this was an emergency’ reading and that there would be no other readings, so that the change would take place immediately,” read the board notes from the meeting.
“It (amended policy) gives the board the discretion of hiring a candidate and not automatically ruling them out, because they once upon a time had a DUI, three years or five years ago, which is what that board policy used to be. So, we just simply revised that it may be at the discretion of the local board,” SCBDD President Rodney Barnett said.
The next regular meeting of the board is set for Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 PM in the STAR, Inc. building, located at 2625 Gallia Street in Portsmouth. If there is business to be considered, a meeting of the Ethics Committee will take place at 5:45 PM that same evening, in the same building. Both meetings are open to the public.
The meeting on April 14, also at STAR, is open to the public. However, the interviews will be conducted in executive session, which is closed to the public.
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