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Twinsburg superintendent's contract renewed for three years

by April Helms Reporter Published: March 3, 2017 2:02 PM
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TWINSBURG — The Twinsburg School Board voted 4-1 to approve a new contract for Superintendent Kathryn Powers, effective Aug. 1, 2017, through July 31, 2020, at its March 1 meeting.

Board member Kathy Turle-Waldron cast the lone dissenting vote, saying she wished more time had been taken to discuss the contract.

"One of the most important things we do as a School Board is evaluate and hire the treasurer and superintendent," she said. "The superintendent's contract was added a few short hours to the agenda prior to the scheduled meeting. Further discussion was requested and in my opinion needed."

Board President Mark Curtis said the Board discussed the contract for six weeks during negotiations.

"Everyone was involved in the entire process," Curtis said. "Everyone had ample time to provide feedback and voice their concerns."

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The new agreement provides for a compensation package that is consistent with Powers' current contract, with a base salary of $131,211, according to information provided by the school district.

Powers has been with the Twinsburg schools since 2011.

"I'm just one of many who made things happen here," Powers said. "I work with a top-notch administration. I am proud to be a part of it. I appreciate the support you have given me here. There are so many wonderful opportunities for students, all of these things happen because you, the Board, employ the people who make everything possible."

Curtis said he "looked forward to continuing working with her to provide quality education for our students."

"We have a hard road ahead, but your support has not been unnoticed," Curtis said to Powers during the meeting.

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Board member Tina Davis said that the district "would be hard-pressed to find someone who has put in more time than Mrs. Powers."

Board Vice President Matt Cellura said that the superintendent's role "is often a thankless job."

"You can never please everybody," Cellura said. "But I know every decision you've made has the best interest of the children at heart."

Public relations consulting contract also renewed

The school board also voted 4-1 to renew the contract for Patricia Koslo for independent public relations consulting services for one year, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Turle-Waldron cast the dissenting vote.

"She does an exceptional job," Turle-Waldron said. "She does a lot of coverage for us. But with our other obligations on the table, I'm not comfortable with this. We need to watch our purse."

Turle-Waldron said she was especially concerned with the timing due to the upcoming new levy for the district. In January, the board unanimously approved placing a 6.9-mill tax levy on the May 2 ballot. The continuing levy would generate about $5.65 million per year in property tax revenue and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $241.50 per year.

According to the legislation passed, Koslo will be paid $55 an hour, not to exceed 960 hours.

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