Sharon Kamberg new Burton School District Superintendent
Unanimous vote by school board
Burton School District’s Deputy Superintendent Sharon Kamberg will be the succession to Gary Mekeel when he retires from the district on June 30.
In a 5-0 vote, the BSD Board of Trustees approved the decision Thursday night during the district’s regular scheduled meeting.
“I am very pleased with the board’s decision. I believe the 23 years of Dr. Kamberg’s service to the district, including a variety of administrative positions, has prepared her for the next step in her professional career,” Burton School District Superintendent Gary Mekeel said. “I can’t think of a more qualified person to take the district to its future. I’m looking forward to working with her in the transitional period to make sure the exchange of superintendents is as seamless as possible.”
Kamberg’s appointment comes following two months of special board meetings and sessions in which the board debated whether to keep the search internal.
On Feb. 28, the board voted to keep the search within the district and place the voting of Kamberg’s selection on the March 7 meeting.
The vote to appoint Kamberg was listed as one of six calendar items, typically passed as a slate, on the agenda.
The recommendation to ratify Kamberg’s selection was pulled from the consent agenda after board member John Burkey said the decision to select a superintendent is a “big deal” and asked the item be pulled and voted upon separately, which they did.
The decision was unanimous.
“We are fully behind our candidate and believe she will maintain the same direction and momentum the district is going in,” said Eddie Hernandez, president of the board. “Dr. Kamberg has her hands on the Common Core, and is very knowledgeable and capable, and with Gary’s [Mekeel] mentoring, will be a good superintendent.”
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