No raises for Rossford administrators
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 10:05
ROSSFORD — School administrators have agreed not to get a pay increase in the coming school year.
The Board of Education Monday approved the agreement between the 11 administrators, including all principals, that calls for no pay increases, and an increase in their contribution to health insurance.
Their contribution to the cost of health insurance will rise from about 8 percent to 12 percent this year, and go up to 15 percent in the next school year.
The administrators are also forgoing any incentive bonuses for next year.
The changes as well as the retirement and rehire at lower cost of Indian Hills principal Holly Schmidbauer should combine to save the district about $150,000 this school year, said Treasurer James Rossler.
The changes amend the existing contract.
“The administrators didn’t have to do that,” said Board President Dawn Burks.
The board also had a heated discussion about its search for a new permanent superintendent.
Board member Beverly Koch suggested that the board start advertising in local media only to find a new superintendent. She based the suggestion on a letter from interim Superintendent Bill McFarland that said he would retire Dec. 31.
Burks pointed out that McFarland, who was not at the meeting, later rescinded that offer, and that it was based on conflicts he’s had with certain board members.
Koch said that since Rossford was such an attractive district for administrators, advertising locally should be enough, and the district could forego the cost of hiring a search firm.
Burks insisted that the board should stick to the schedule agreed upon in spring, and begin the search in December. In fall many potential candidates would not be willing to step forward, she said.
She also said that comments by board members also led to the resignation of the district’s curriculum director. Both Koch and board member Jackie Brown, citing the director’s official letter of resignation, insisted that wasn’t the case.
But Burks said the former employee’s concerns were communicated to her in conversation.
In other action, the board approved a contract with Leadership Ideas to help guide the district’s study of its facility needs.
While Ron Victor had originally said his company’s services would cost as much as $40,000, he has worked with the facilities needs committee, and the price has come down to about $20,000.
Victor held listening sessions in the district earlier this year.