Elmwood supt. contract extended
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:05
JERRY CITY - Tony Borton will lead Elmwood Schools for at least the next three years.
The school board unanimously supported a two-year contract extension for Borton, the district's superintendent, at its meeting Monday.
This is the last year of Borton's existing contract, and the new deal will extend through 2017.
"He's provided good leadership for the district," said board President Brian King. "I think everyone is happy with the job he's doing."
Borton has received support from the community, which is very important, King added.
And he's leading the district "in the right direction."
Borton has been superintendent since 2010. This is his third contract extension.
His salary remains unchanged at $99,560.
"I think things are going very well in the district," Borton stated.
He said he'll continue to move the district forward in the direction he thinks it should be heading, specifically working to get better academically.
King and David Knisely were sworn in as board members, and King was re-elected as board president.
King was named legislative liaison, Melanie Davis as student achievement liaison, and Ryan Lee as Penta Career Center liaison.
The board will hold a work session Jan. 24, and Borton outlined a number of items he believes should be discussed in the areas of finances, technology, buildings and grounds, and staffing.
He wants the board to consider its goals for the next five to 10 years, including how to address an expected negative balance in the district budget in 2019; how to fix the excessive noise in the band room; in what capacity a new athletic director should be hired; and continued technology needs.
"We are busting at the seams," Borton said in regards to the possibility of adding on to the K-12 school building, which will be paid off in 2024.
Also at the meeting, the board approved an overnight trip to Columbus for high school cheerleaders March 1-2, and learned the district has used six calamity days, which means students will attend school an extra day at the end of the year.
The board will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school auditeria.