Lake administrator contracts extended
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:18
MILLBURY - Lake School District administrators are getting a vote of confidence from the board of education, but no extra money.
At Monday's meeting, the board approved five-year contracts for six administrators and two-year contracts for two administrators.
It's been five years since administrators have had a pay hike and that will continue for the near future, said board president Tim Krugh.
"They have worked beyond what anyone could expect because of the crisis and the storm," he said of how the team pulled together after the June 2010 tornado destroyed the high school.
The budget and current teachers' contract doesn't justify raises, Krugh said.
Before a 6.7-mill new operating levy was approved in August, Lake teachers agreed to a total freeze on wages, including step increases, this year.
Getting five-year contracts were Superintendent Jim Witt, treasurer Jeff Carpenter, high school principal Lee Herman, special education/curriculum/gifted/CCIP coordinator Jodi Takats, athletic director/maintenance supervisor Dave Shaffer and transportation/student activities director Tammy Tapley.
"We want to sign them up for as long as we can," Krugh said after the meeting.
The two-year contracts were given to middle school principal Jay Ackerman and assistant high school principal Delores Swineford.
Witt said the two-year contracts were awarded because Ackerman and Swineford are new to those positions this year.
Board member Scott Swartz said he hoped the contract extensions would keep good people in the district.
Contracts for two administrators, Lake Elementary principal Christie McPherson, and technology coordinator Donna Zalar, aren't up until next year.
The current salaries are:
Witt, $101,077; Takats, $90,000; Herman, $82,120; Carpenter, $74,263; McPherson, $73,500; Shaffer, $72,063; Ackerman, $69,000; Zalar, $54,636; Tapley, $53,000; and Swineford, $51,500.
In other business, the board approved a new policy allowing home-schooled students to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities.
The student must take at least one full-time course at Lake to be eligible, and must be home-schooled for at least one calendar year.
The board had been considering this policy for a couple of months, but had it reworked to include all activities, such as band and theater.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Recognized Patricia Endicott, food service, who is retiring after 34 years with Lake.
• Accepted donations of $20 from Betty Hughes for the wrestling account in memory of John Hughes and two books and a DVD for the high school library from Tom and Deb Herman.
• Went into an executive session to discuss negotiations and a "matter required to be kept confidential by federal law or rules or state statues." No action was taken.