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Life after Kurt begins

Alissa Widman Neese • Feb 18, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Margaretta Schools is laying the foundation for future facilities projects.

Extensive security upgrades for existing buildings and a new charter school building are two much-anticipated possibilities.

But after the district’s top official announced his departure this month, board members must first determine who will replace him before they proceed with any plans.    


At a Monday meeting, they provided few updates.

“It’s just beginning,” board president JoAnn McMahon said. “We should have some more details in the next couple weeks.”

On Monday, board members agreed to officially accept 12-year superintendent Ed Kurt’s resignation, albeit reluctantly.

This past week, Kurt accepted a job as Findlay Schools superintendent for the next three years, starting Aug. 1.

His last day with Margaretta Schools, his hometown district, is July 31.

“I feel we have worked through some trying times and improved (Margaretta Schools),” Kurt said in a resignation letter distributed to board members Wednesday. “It will be very difficult to leave the district. I will always be a Proud Polar Bear!”

Kurt thanked board members for their dedication and devotion in the letter, and said personal and professional growth motivated him to accept the new job.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Kurt briefed board members on district officials’ recent discussions with Dan Obrynba, director of educational architecture at OHM Advisors architectural firm.

The group met at a conference and didn’t commit to any projects, but spoke with him to gather ideas about future construction possibilities, Kurt said.

Margaretta Schools is currently pursuing state and local grants totaling more than $50,000, which could help alleviate costs for security upgrades — a top priority of any facilities project, district treasurer Jude Hammond said.

“Security and safety at both of our buildings are primary concerns,” Hammond said. “We’ll continue to keep it as part of our discussions involving our permanent improvement funds, if we’re unable to secure funding from those grants”

Kurt also provided board members with a map Monday indicating where a future building for its charter school, Townsend Community School, could be built.

The new building project is still in the preliminary planning stage and board members haven’t approved any construction, he said. Builders would likely construct the facility behind Margaretta High School, near Main Street and the school’s existing fitness center and agricultural building, according to the map.

Board members concluded Monday’s meeting with a closeddoor discussion about plans to employ a new superintendent. No action followed, and McMahon said board members will likely brief the community about their plans in March.

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