Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union set to decide on superintendent contract

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BENNINGTON — No official decision has yet been made in regards to the expiring contract of Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent Jim Culkeen.

On Thursday evening, the SVSU's superintendent evaluation committee, which included SVSU chair Nelson Brownell of Pownal, George Sleeman of Bennington, Fran Kinney of Shaftsbury, and Dick Frantz of Woodford, moved that a special meeting of the full SVSU board should be held immediately prior to its next regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the issue.

Brownell would not comment on what recommendation his committee would be bringing before the board, but said that they were looking at the standard contract, no different than what was used last time.

Culkeen was first hired as the SU's interim superintendent in 2014 after the retirement of Catherine McClure. On November 19 of that year, the SVSU board unanimously voted to extend his contract by two years and remove the "interim" from his title. That contract expires on June 30.

Prior to joining the SVSU, Culkeen previously served as superintendent of the Southwestern Vermont Regional Technical School District, which operates the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center, since 2011, and as superintendent of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, Mass.

The next meeting of the SVSU board is currently scheduled for Wednesday Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at Mount Anthony Union Middle School. However, that falls during school vacation week, and meetings during school vacations are often rescheduled.

Reach staff writer Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122 or @DerekCarsonBB

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