A new superintendent for JVS

BLOOMINGDALE – Board members chose a new superintendent during the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board meeting Tuesday.

Three present employees were up for the position once current Superintendent Dale Edwards retires Dec. 31, according to Edwards.

“The board met in executive session,” said Edwards of the meeting. “When they were done, Larry George (board president) commented all three (in-house) candidates were qualified for the position. They voted and selected Todd Phillipson. He has 16 years experience as a supervisor, all at the JVS.”

Edwards said Phillipson will take the position effective Jan. 1.

The board decided at an earlier meeting three in-house candidates were qualified for the position, all having attained a superintendent’s license. Edwards announced his pending retirement during the September board meeting.

“Todd is quite knowledgeable as to career education,” continued Edwards. “With his experience and background, I can understand why the board selected him.”

Edwards said he isn’t aware of any other details of a possible contract agreement between Phillipson and the district.

In other matters, Edwards said the district’s five-year forecast is challenging.

“It’s not a very good forecast,” he said. “In fact, the district would be looking at a deficit in 2016.”

Edwards said the report makes passage of the school’s 1-mill levy proposal on the Nov. 5 ballot even more critical.

The next board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the school.