The Monday, Feb. 25 school board meeting was packed with Central Middle School staff members in support of their school and Principal Dan Kaffar.

 The Monday, Feb. 25 school board meeting was packed with Central Middle School staff members in support of their school and Principal Dan Kaffar.

It was standing room only for the hour-long noon meeting which began with a Building/Program Report which featured the many new and exciting things that have been happening at CMS. That report was delivered to the board by Kaffar and Assistant Principal Adria Smith taking turns highlighting the changes they have made at the middle school over the past year and how those changes have benefitted the students. Those changes included focusing on Student Council, Character Counts, Sources of Strength, assemblies, Thankful Thursdays, Exploratory Day and the Charity Ball.

The meeting’s final action item on the agenda was listed as “Administrator Reassignment.” Smith has resigned her position and is moving out of state, possibly a factor in Superintendent, Scott Privratsky’s proposal to make a change in the administrative structure at the middle school by bringing in Dr. Deb Follman as administrator, or principal and Kaffar stepping into Smith’s role as Assistant Principal.

First Kaffar made a statement about the proposal emphasizing how much he loved his job, the students at CMS and the staff he works with each day.

Each of the school board members spoke about the overwhelming response to this proposal they had received since it was articulated. Teachers, staffmembers and parents had expressed their support for Kaffar and the work he has done as the middle school’s administrator through e-mails, personal phone calls and personal one on one visits with the school board members.

It was school board member Steve Halldorson who made the motion to accept the proposal as written, then school board president LeeAnn Johnston called for a second to that motion. She called for that second three times and no one provided it, therefore the motion died for lack of a second and there was no further vote. Kaffar will remain as the principal of CMS and the school district will advertise for an Assistant Principal to fill the position vacated when Smith leaves. Privratsky emphasized the professionalism he expected from everyone regarding this situation and thanked everyone for attending the meeting.