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Mercer school board mum on Boucher leaving

Cala Smoldt

The Sherrard District 200 Board of Education meets in special session tonight (Aug. 27.) "New superintendent" is the only action item on the agenda. It is expected an offer will be made to Mercer County 404 Superintendent Alan Boucher.

Former Sherrard Superintendent Samuel Light resigned earlier this summer to take the job of superintendent in another school district.

An emergency meeting of the Mercer County board on Wednesday (Aug. 26) to discuss personnel in closed session did little to officially clarify the situation. However, during the public comment portion of the meeting, Apollo Elementary Principal Bill Fluette urged the board to "perhaps convince him (Boucher) to stay. … He got us through the consolidation. … I know working with him closely that his heart is with the children and what’s best for the kids, and I’d hate to lose him.

"I don’t know if his mind is set, but if we could try to change it. … I think he’s a great superintendent. I think Sherrard knows that, and hopefully we can get him to stay.”

Sherrard District 200 board President Leslie Anderson stopped short Aug. 25 of confirming Boucher would be hired, but did say, "We believe his leadership skills and his enthusiasm for education will help move Sherrard forward. … We are very excited that Mr. Boucher has entertained the opportunity to come back to Sherrard."

Boucher was formerly a building superintendent in the Sherrard district.

After the Mercer County board's closed session, board President Julie Wagner would not speak directly about Boucher’s possible departure, citing the confidentiality of executive session discussions. The board took no action Wednesday.

Boucher has not yet been reached for comment.