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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Jackson: Important task facing school board

  • When Jill Janes announced she is retiring at the end of the current school year as superintendent of the Hannibal public school district, the news prompted mixed emotions for Dr. David Jackson, Board of Education president.
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  • When Jill Janes announced she is retiring at the end of the current school year as superintendent of the Hannibal public school district, the news prompted mixed emotions for Dr. David Jackson, Board of Education president.
    “If I could talk her into staying, I would. I do hate to see her go, but it’s her time and she’s ready,” he said. “Just trying to find a replacement will be a task. Probably the most important task a board has is to find a good superintendent because once we find a good superintendent they can take care of everything else. We’re just there to observe and give slight suggestions.
    “That’s our most difficult job, I think. I just hope we can do it as well as the last time.”
    The process of finding Janes’ successor will be gearing up soon.
    “We are setting up some preliminary meetings probably right after Thanksgiving. We’re trying to decide which direction we’re going to go. There’s a couple of different ways we could go,” said Jackson. “We hope to be on a fairly fast track. We’d like to make some kind of decision by some time in February.”
    Jackson acknowledged that finding a replacement as capable as Janes won’t be easy.
    “We’ve got big shoes to fill. She’s been really an excellent leader both academically and fiscally,” he said. “Under her we were able to build three new schools and still balance the budget, so we’re going to have to look hard to find somebody who is as capable as she has been.”
    Jackson is impressed with the way Janes works with people.
    “She’s worked well with the board and worked good with the staff, too,” he said. “She doesn’t dictate. She gets everybody on the same page, going in the right direction. She’s able to delegate and they do an excellent job. It’s been a really neat thing to be a part of and work with. I really enjoyed being on the board during her tenure.”
    News of Janes’ decision wasn’t an overwhelming surprise.
    “She had let the board know that she thought at some point and time … She didn’t say exactly (when), but we knew it was going to come soon,” said Jackson. “She’s got some grandchildren she wants to take care of. I think she’s just ready for a change. I think she deserves it.”
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