Rally Held For Greater Clark County Schools’ Superintendent

by Devin Katayama on December 5, 2011

Some southern Indiana residents will rally Monday night in support of Greater Clark County Schools’ superintendent Stephen Daeschner.

The school board announced last week that it is discussing options for keeping Daeschner working in the district, which may include a pay cut or a demotion. Daeschner has been publicly silent on whether he would accept either option as details are being worked out. His supports, on the other hand, have not.

Daeschner has been invaluable to the district and letting him go is not an option for many concerned residents, said former board member and rally organizer Robbie Valentine.

“You have a guy in place that has done a tremendous job with our students and staff. He’s taken them to the next level when it comes to accountability and academic level. That’s why we brought him in here,” he said.

Valentine said he expects a couple of hundred people at the event being held at Kye’s at 6 pm.

“It’s a heck of a line up, the CEO of One Southern Indiana, we’ve got some strong leaders, Tom Galligan, mayor. We’re going to make sure the superintendent says a few words and it goes on and on,” Valentine said.

Galligan’s office confirmed that he was scheduled for the event, but could not say whether he would definitely be attending.

The school board is trying to find ways to cut $4 million from its budget. Daeschner has proposed about $125,000 dollars in administrative cost cutting, but the board may need him to propose more, said board president Christina Gilkey in an interview with WFPL last week.

The board would like to keep Daeschner in a curriculum role, but what that looks like is still unclear. If no agreement is reached by Dec. 20 the board will issue Daeschner a letter of non-renewal.

The board will meet on Tuesday to further discuss its budget

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