The Hesperia Unified School District school board will take up the question of replacing the district superintendent at Monday's board meeting, almost two weeks after the formal departure of Hank Richardson and a week after the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year.


The issue of an interim superintendent has been placed on the agenda for the closed session meeting prior to the 6 p.m. board meeting at Sultana High School.


"They may have a decision Monday, I don't know for sure," Mark McKinney, the district's Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, said Thursday. "Or they may say 'we're going to begin a search and here's how we're going to run the district in the interim.'"


"We're just trying to put together the stuff to see how we're going to put together the overall search for a superintendent," board member Lee Rogers said Thursday. "We are considering an interim until we can find someone who can fit the community."


Richardson, who worked in the HUSD for 12 years until the board signed his early retirement agreement on August 7, effectively left office on July 16, when he was placed on administrative leave by the school board.


In the meantime, the district's three assistant superintendents, including McKinney, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services George Landon and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Jovy Yankaskas have been dividing up the superintendent's responsibilities between them.


"If there's something I can take care of, I'll take care of it, or Jovy or George," McKinney said, noting that things like paychecks for the Victor Valley's single largest employer will not be affected. "It truly is a team effort."


"Quite honestly, they're doing an excellent job," Rogers said. "They've formed an excellent team there, and they're doing really, really good."


The next regular board meeting will be held August 20 at 6 p.m. at Sultana High School.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.