By Linda Dillman
When his current contract expires next year, Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent James Sotlar will continue to serve the district for at least another five years.
On June 17, the Canal Winchester Board of Education approved a new five-year contract with Sotlar starting Aug. 1, 2020 through July 31, 2025. His salary increases from $147,928 this year to $150,887 in 2020 and includes a two percent increase each year, in addition to a 10 percent annuity. A supplemental contract was also approved adding five extra vacation days to the 30 already provided in the current contract.
“I am much honored to continue as superintendent for Canal Winchester Local Schools, and I just want to thank the board for their faith and trust they have bestowed upon me,” Sotlar said. “I am 100 percent vested in Canal Winchester Local Schools and the community and will do everything in my power to make sure we continue to develop, grow and nurture our students and staff. I believe in our mission of Empowering All Students for Success and will continue to expand upon the great things we are already doing. Our job is to prepare kids for their future and not our past. There is still much work to be done, but I am excited and ready to continue to make Canal Winchester Local schools a destination school district.”
Schools and businesses unite
A working association between the Canal Winchester business community and the school system is getting a boost through an agreement with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.
A joint resolution with the ESCCO was approved for services provided by a Business Advisory Council offering recommendations and advice on employment skills, economic and job market changes, future job availability and suggestions for working relationships among businesses, labor organizations and educational personnel.
Sotlar said while the district has its own BAC, which includes representatives from the business community, the ESCCO council is an additional source of information.
“ESCCO will be a resource for our local BAC,” said Sotlar, “plus the ESC will handle all paperwork requirements by the state.”
The Ohio Revised Code requires school districts to appoint an advisory council unless it agrees to turn that responsibility over to an educational service center.
Sotlar said the service center agreement is in addition to an advisory council established by the district around 2007.
“The purpose (of the BAC) is to foster cooperation among schools, business, and the communities they serve to ensure the work of the educators aligns with the needs of business,” Sotlar said.“We gather great input from our BAC members in regards to the local work force needs and they help with internships or mentoring opportunities for our high school students.”
Sotlar anticipated no changes in the way the local level BAC operates, which meets on a quarterly basis, operates.