Hoyt ‘humbled’ as board seeks his replacement

By Bryan Richardson

Eisenhower Middle School principal Greg Hoyt told USD 383 board members Wednesday he is “humbled” by the opportunity to become principal at Manhattan High School next year.

Hoyt was named earlier this week to succeed Terry McCarty, who resigned effectie June 30.

“I told (Eisenhower) staff on Monday I don’t want to leave this place, but the time is right for a new challenge for me professional,” Hoyt said.

Board president Dave Colburn said he noticed a subdued mood at Eisenhower when he visited Monday.

“I’m sure your staff is excited for you and the opportunity, but you can tell they love you, they’re going to miss you and they’re concerned about who’s going to replace you,” he said.

The district will begin looking for a new principal at the school.

Supt. Bob Shannon said the opening will be posted this week.

He said the hope is to have someone appointed by the end of the third week of April.

The district is also looking for a new MHS assistant principal to fill a position the board reinstated at its Feb. 20 meeting.

One assistant principal position had been vacant since the 2010-11 school year as a part of budget reductions.

Shannon said the assistant principal would likely be hired in April before the Eisenhower principal position.

Military count date

USD 383’s Feb. 20 military count date produced 91 students totaling 82.5 full-time equivalent students, a lower than expected number.

In the state’s military communities, there is a second count date for military students enrolled between the first count date on Sept. 20 and Feb. 20.

Last school year, the district had 163 military students come between the first and second count date.

Associate Supt. Bob Seymour said the district estimated 125 new full-time equivalent students from the second count date, leaving the district about $163,000 short from what was budgeted.

He said budget director Lew Faust told him higher-than-expected revenue increases in other areas would offset that under-estimate.

Amanda Arnold HVAC

The board approved replacing the Amanda Arnold Elementary HVAC system at a cost of around $1.2 million. The board began a two-year plan to save $1 million for this project during the 2011-12 school year.

Other items approved by the board included the first reading of the Head Start and Early Head Start grand refunding application for 2013-2014, the first reading of a memorandum of understanding for USD 383 and Manhattan facilities, the creation of a skilled school bus mechanic position, the first reading of a new radio system, a transportation routing software bid, and Marlatt Elementary playground equipment.

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