Special ed director resigns
Marion County Special Education Cooperative Director Chris Cezar has resigned.
The special education cooperative board met behind closed doors for nearly an hour Monday evening. When the members returned to open session, board president Deb Geis read Cezar’s letter of resignation.
The letter stated that Cezar was resigning his position to pursue other opportunities. The resignation will be effective June 30.
The announcement follows a tumultuous six months during which Cezar told the board there was going to be a major shortage of funds. In the end, it was determined that the money was there all along and the cooperative’s position was better than predicted.
In the meantime, cooperative board members, composed of representatives from the five school districts in Marion County, were scrambling to figure out what to do; including the possibility of selling the newly renovated cooperative building in Marion and buying it back on contract to generate additional revenue.
USD 410 General Manager Jerry Hinerman and Geis reviewed the cooperative’s finances and determined there was money in the budget for the next two years. However, there will be a shortage of funds in two years.