Granby " East Grand School District finalizes superintendent contract for Nancy Karas |

Granby " East Grand School District finalizes superintendent contract for Nancy Karas

The final act in the search for a new superintendent for the East Grand School District was performed at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The board approved the contract between itself and Nancy Karas for her to become the district’s new superintendent. Karas, who will be assuming her new post on July 1, has been the principal of East Grand Middle School since 1993.

Karas will replace Robb Rankin, who will be completing 12 years as the district’s superintendent by the end of this school year.

The selection of Karas followed a nationwide executive search conducted last fall. Karas was one of four candidates chosen for final interviews in January. The East Grand Board of Education unanimously chose her for the position.

Kindergarten policy change

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved a revision to the policy on kindergarten entrance age. Under the old policy, a child had to be 5 years old “on or before September 30 of the year of enrollment.”

Under the newly revised policy, a child may be admitted to kindergarten if its birthday is “during the month of October,” but only if the child’s parent petitions the district for early admission “based on child’s advanced intellect and/or achievement.”

A written request for early kindergarten admission must be made to the superintendent no later than April 1. An assessment session, including intelligence and achievement tests, will be administered to the child who must score in the 95 percent or above on at least one of the tests and no lower than 90 percent on the other to qualify.

Indian Peaks Charter School design

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board discussed the costs and layout design for Indian Peaks Charter School’s permanent facility in Granby. Rankin reported that some preliminary bids on the module classrooms by the Advanced Modulars company has raised the cost to $360,000.

Discussion also took place about whether the new module classrooms can be joined to the charter school’s existing modular classrooms.

After some debate on these issues, the board and the Indian Peaks representatives decided to hold a work session on the afternoon prior to the school board’s next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 1. Rankin said he expects to have “firmer figures” on the module classrooms’ costs from Advanced Modulars by that date.

In previous decisions, the district had approved a total of $400,000 for the charter school facilities project.

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