The Grand Island School Board voted 4-3 Monday to exercise the 30-day termination clause for the interim superintendent.
The board in October unanimously approved a contract for Robert W. Christmann, who retired after six years with the district, to remain on an interim basis until his successor or a new interim was hired.
The contract contained a 30-day notice of cancellation by either party. Under Monday’s vote, Christmann’s last day would be Jan. 10.
“I just think it’s time for new blood. Now is as good a time as any,” Trustee Donna Tomkins said after the meeting.
Also voting to end the contract were Emily Ciraolo, Paul Krull and Tak Nobumoto, who voted via Skype from Japan.
Voting against the measure were Board President David Goris, Glenn Bobeck and Joan Droit.
Christmann was being paid $325 for a half day with no set hours or schedule.
He started a new job Oct. 1 as executive director of the Western New York Education Services Council.
This Friday is the deadline for applications for the superintendent’s post. The board expects to hire a new superintendent by April with a start date of July 1, which is the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
The board is paying the Warner Center at the University of Rochester $16,000 as consultants on the superintendent search.
The board’s next business meeting is Jan. 7 when it may appoint a new interim superintendent.
Ciraolo and Goris thanked Christmann for his service to the district. “This district is in a better place than it was six years ago thanks to Bob’s leadership,” said Goris.
In other business, the board:
• Announced that it would not honor a request to reinstate the winter cheerleading program cut from his year’s budget, but would consider the matter during budget deliberations for the 2013-14 school year.
• Learned from Joseph Giarrizzo, district finance director, that Moody’s is retaining the district’s AA2 bond rating “which helps a lot when we go to borrow money.”
Goris, reading from Moody’s report, said the district’s “conservative budgeting” and “ample reserves” had a positive impact on the bond rating along with the town’s population growth.