LORDSTOWN -- The state commission overseeing school district spending has agreed to consider a call by parents to hire an elementary school principal in addition to a new superintendent.
Barb Perry, parent of a second-grader, presented the financial planning and supervision commission Tuesday with a petition with 23 signatures and several letters in support of the measure in light of Superintendent Ray Getz's retirement announcement last week.
Getz, who plans to retire Dec. 31 after more than 35 years in education, serves double duty as a part-time principal for the elementary school.
Perry told the commission parents are concerned that a lack of leadership at the school will harm pupils, who need guidance from teachers and administrators at that level.
She recommended the commission consider keeping Getz on through the end of the school year as principal.
Perry said she had not yet presented the petition and letters to the board of education, but planned to do so at the meeting next month.
Getz said that though he feels honored by the request, staying on is not in his plans.
"I never say never, but that's not where I'm headed," he said.
Getz announced his resignation to the school board last week and offered to help in the search for a superintendent. He told commission members that though it may seem odd to leave in the middle of the school year, the timing was perfect.
"Now is the ideal time to plan for, interview and select a new superintendent," he said. By planning now, he added, the new person would be able to work alongside him for the first few months of the next school year.