Cobden superintendent to retire at end of school year

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Posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 12:00 am

Formal acceptance of the superintendent’s resignation for retirement was on the agenda at last week’s regular meeting of the Cobden Unit School District 17 Board of Education.

The meeting was Monday night, Feb. 27, at Cobden Junior-Senior High School.

District superintendent Karl Sweitzer will be retiring at the end of the current school year.

Sweitzer is in his 17th year of service with the district. In addition to serving as superintendent, he has been junior-senior high school principal.

The district will be advertising to find an interim superintendent who will serve during the 2012-2013 school year.

“It has been a privilege to work here,” Sweitzer said.

School board members voiced their appreciation to Sweitzer for the work he has done with the district.

In other business at last week’s meeting:

High school graduation was set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Plans were announced to bring 6th grade students from the elementary school building to the junior-senior high school starting next year. About 50 students will be affected by the move.

Plans also were announced to return to a seven-period day for the junior-senior high school. An eight-period day has been in effect for about 15 years. The change reflects the impact of declining enrollment numbers.

A student-initated proposal to offer healthier vending machine food choices was presented to the board and will be reviewed.

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