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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
At a special Pikeland School Board meeting held Thursday, Sept. 7, the district’s superintendent Carol Kilver announced her plans to retire. Kilver is in her third year as Pikeland Superintendent.
According to Pikeland Board president Tara Bradshaw, Kilver indicated that she would retire at the end of the current school year.
“She will retire at the end of this school year,” Bradshaw said. “June 30 is the date that she put down.”
Bradshaw stated that the board’s attention will now turn to finding Kilver’s successor to lead the school district.
“We are going to have to start the process,” Bradshaw said. “The board is going to have some decisions to make and will have to get started on finding a replacement for Dr. Kilver.”
Bradshaw indicated that Kilver’s early announcement of her intentions to retire will let the board embark on a thorough superintendent search.
“I know the board is appreciative of her timeline, allowing us ample time to start the process of finding a replacement,” Bradshaw said.
The board’s next steps in the search process, according to Bradshaw, are yet to be determined by the board.
“We just learned of the retirement Thursday evening, so we haven’t had the opportunity to discuss how we want to go about moving forward with the superintendent search,” Bradshaw said. “We really haven’t discussed it as a board, and we had one board member missing at Thursday’s meeting.”
Bradshaw, a 14-year veteran of the Pikeland Board, said that finding a superintendent that meshed well with the district community was a priority of the board as they moved forward with the search.
“We want to find the best superintendent for the district – a good fit for Pikeland,” Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw, who is also in her ninth year as a third grade teacher at Griggsville-Perry, went on to say that the last couple of years were especially challenging for school districts because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been extremely hard on all sides – parents, teachers, and administrators,” Bradshaw said. “There’s been no playbook the last couple of years. Leaders have had to make tough decisions quickly – decisions that were outside the box – on how and where to educate kids. It’s been tough on all parties involved.”
Bradshaw expressed her gratitude to all members of the Pikeland community who helped the district move forward in the midst of all the challenges presented by the pandemic.
“I’m proud to be serving on the Pikeland board and proud of our entire team. Every person shows up every day and has a heart for kids, even in the toughest times.”
“I’m appreciative of all the efforts of all the staff – that’s everyone – certified, non-certified, and administrators.”