The terms of the new superintendent’s contact were handled by the Defiance City Board of Education on Wednesday.
Board members approved the superintendent employment contract terms with Bob Morton effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2022, at an annual salary of $115,000. He signed the contract at the start of the meeting. Morton has served as high school principal.
Board president Garry Rodenberger thanked fellow board members for their hard work in the superintendent search, noting that Morton emerged quickly as the best choice for the administrative position.
Current superintendent Mike Struble will retire effective July 31. He has been with the district since August 2006.
In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Morton as high school principal, effective July 31. It also hired Josh Shock, JV assistant softball coach; and Katie Davis, freshmen assistant softball coach. Also approved was an unpaid medical leave of absence for Marilyn Valle from approximately March 6-May 20.
Struble shared that the posting of the middle school and high school principal positions will be done soon.
Struble also discussed a quiet title action filed in the Defiance County Common Pleas Court concerning the land where the downtown campus is located. Should the district decide to sell the vacated Defiance Junior High School to a developer, it needs a clear title. The quiet title action pertains to titles from 1866 for 4.5 acres including the 1918 building and the football field at Arabella and Clinton streets.
The board heard a summary of building reports from Sheri Steyer, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction; Deanne Held, K-2 principal; Jane Myers, 3-5 principal; Morton; and Todd Fruth, director of student services.
Approved were the following donations: $54.13 from Kroger Round Up Rewards to girls soccer; $156 from Defiance Athletic Boosters for boys cross country Western Buckeye League (WBL) shirts; $160 from Defiance Athletic Boosters for girls cross country WBL shirts; $1,200 from the Defiance Area Foundation to DECA; craft supplies and decorations from Jo-Ann Fabrics with a total value of $1,278.29; and $2,000 from Defiance Athletic Boosters toward the installation of Wi-Fi at the Niese Complex.
In other business, the board:
• approved the request to amend the certificate of estimated resources and appropriation modifications for fiscal year 2019 as presented.
• held a second reading of revisions to numerous policies.
• updated a list of substitute teachers.