A new interim superintendent may be the beginning of a new era for South Bend schools, but at Monday night’s board meeting board members tell us they still haven’t come to terms to cut ties with Dr. Robert Zimmerman.
“I think until probably he’s back in town, the board has discussed this with the attorneys so I think were moving but were kind of at a standstill until he comes back,” board president, Sheila Bergeron says.
Board members tell us at the executive session, their attorneys laid out how much a buyout might cost. At least one board member thinks any price is too high.
“My original figure, I’m just guessing any kind of buyout would probably ask the corporation at least a quarter million or more and I’m going to vote against it. That’s money we should be putting into our kids education,” Bill Snaidecki tells NewsCenter 16.
While Zimmerman’s not officially out yet, Jim Kapsa is officially in as the interim superintendent. He says stepping into the not quite vacant position has had its challenges, but they're challenges he’s ready to take on.
”I’m overwhelmed like anyone would becoming in, there’s a lot of surprises, and I’m just going to take it day by day week by week and see where we go,” Kapsa says.
Also at Monday night, the board approved a number of personnel changes, which includes the retirement of Jullian Penny.
Penny is currently under investigation by the FBI for allegedly downloading child pornography to his home computer.
Penny will not be returning to Clay next school year. He was a part-time math teacher.