Raises go to some Alder administrative positions


(Posted June 29, 2017)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Paychecks for some administrators in the Jonathan Alder Local School District will be a little fatter this coming year.

On June 26, school board members approved a revised administrative salary schedule. The revision puts Jonathan Alder administrators’ pay in line with those of surrounding districts, said Superintendent Gary Chapman.

The new salary schedule applies to the positions of Monroe Elementary principal, the junior high principal, the high school principal and the assistant superintendent.

The total granted in raises is offset by administrators who are not included in the schedule, including Plain City Elementary Principal Kelly Hicks who is in a retire/rehire year.

Other administrative positions for which salaries did not change are assistant high school principal, junior high school dean of students, director of special services, director of technology, school psychologist, middle school principal and high school athletic director.

Additionally, Chapman was not included in the revisions. The board met in executive session at the end of the June 26 meeting to evaluate Chapman’s performance. They will set his salary for the coming year.

In other action, the board commended several student-athletes for their performances this past spring. High among those commendations was Matt Seimer, named first runner-up male athlete in an annual central Ohio scholar-athlete recognition program. Honorees are chosen for their excellence in academics, athletics, and community service. Seimer won a $6,000 scholarship. He also was named honorable mention all-Mid Ohio Athletic Conference (MOAC) in the high jump. He placed fourth in district competition and qualified for regionals.

Also in boys’ track, Jase Headings was the 800-meter MOAC and district champion, making him a qualifier for regionals.

On the girls’ side, Aziza Ayoub successfully defended her 800-meter state title.

Other recognitions included:

  • Softball—Kayla Fredendall was named first team all-Ohio after the team qualified for the state tournament. Chloe Grove and Jillian Jakse were named first team all-Central District.
  • Baseball—Preston Eisnaugle was named first team all-Ohio after the team reached the regional semi-finals. Teammates Cal Duckworth, Ian Gehres, and Hunter Maynard were named first team all-MOAC.

Board member Christine Blacka was recognized for her 10 years on the board. She received a certificate of recognition from Kim Miller-Smith, a representative of the Central District of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Board members approved a High School Student Education Tour for students to visit Spain June 4-18, 2018.

The board’s next meeting is July 17.

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