PORTAGE | The Portage Township School Board approved expanding the search for a new superintendent to Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
The unanimous vote Monday came only days after members Bill Fekete and Rhonda Nelson said they were against having a wide search, stating they believed there was talent within the school district that should be considered.
Fekete would only say after the meeting that he had "no choice," but to vote to expand the search.
Board President Cheryl Oprisko said opening the search does not preclude current school district employees from being considered to replace E. Ric Frataccia. Frataccia announced earlier this month he was leaving effective June 30.
The board also approved a survey about the district and its superintendent search. The three-question survey was posted online on the district's website moments after the board gave its approval.
Fekete voted against the survey, saying it should allow more input.
The survey can be found through a link under announcements on the district's web site, www.portage.k12.in.us and has a deadline of March 3.
The board also approved using a team of four Indiana public university professors in helping with the search process. The team will help develop applications and eventually screen candidates for the board.
Resident Mike O'Hara asked how the board came to its decisions if there was no public discussion on the search process or development of the survey and how the survey could be posted online even before the meeting's end if the questions had not been predetermined.
Elwood said discussion was held during two previous executive sessions, one held last week with a representative of the Indiana School Board Association and the second held prior to the public meeting with the professors. The vote on the matters was taken at a public meeting.