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Springboro school board split on superintendent contract extension

The Springboro Board of Education split over whether to grant a new contract to Superintendent Dan Schroer a year before his current one was to expire.

The board approved a three-year contract with Schroer and a five-year contract with Treasurer Terrah Floyd during Tuesday’s board meeting.

The board approved the new contracts after terminating existing contracts with the two administrators.

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The board voted 5-0 for the termination and new contract for Floyd. The vote in Schroer’s case was 4-1, with Lisa Babb casting the vote against.

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Dave Stuckey, Charles Anderson, Jamie Belanger, Dan Gudz voted for Schroer’s new contract.

Schroer is to be paid $147,084 per year for three years.Floyd is to be paid $120,235 per year for five years. Both contracts allow for the board to raise the salaries.

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“The only change is to end the current contract and enter into another five-year contract that would expire in July of 2023. All other aspects of the current contract remain in place, and no monetary changes were made,” Floyd said in an email asking about her contract.

The salaries in the contracts indicate no raises from pay rates set in August 2017, school officials said.

Before this, Schroer was paid $142,800 a year and Floyd was paid $116,733, according to a database maintained by this news organization of public salaries in the region.

Schroer’s contract was to expire on July 31, 2019. Floyd said hers was to expire in January 2020.

Resolutions terminating both existing contracts said the action “will be highly beneficial to the District by maintaining continuity of personnel and allowing the District to continue to benefit from the extensive knowledge, experience, and leadership abilities.”

Schroer said he was not being considered by other districts and indicated contracts are commonly extended by the board before the current term has run.

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Like Schroer, Floyd indicated her new contract was not in response to her looking or being courted by another school district.

“No, I am very happy here at Springboro!” she said in an email.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members Belanger and Anderson complimented Floyd on her performance.

Babb read a statement explaining she voted against Schroer’s contract because there have been no strategic goals set for the district and no performance review had been completed for superintendent.

“There has been a pattern of spending over the last two years that has been concerning,” Babb said.

For example, she questioned spending of more than $1 million on a modular classroom for Clearcreek Elementary School when there were other options.

In addition, Babb criticized the “lack of transparency in communications” and said the board was briefed on contract negotiations with teachers and staff only a day before they went to mediation.

Gudz complimented both Floyd and Schroer on their leadership and commitment and noted successes achieved since Schroer joined the district.

Belanger noted a staff satisfaction survey supporting Schroer and the administration, while Stuckey, a former teacher, noted Schroer’s relationships with teachers.

Anderson complimented Schroer on relationships he has forged in the community and between the district and local police.

“I have no hesitation in extending both these contracts,” Anderson said.

On Thursday, Schroer, who came to the district two years ago from the Margaretta Local School District in Erie County, said by email, “I am very encouraged of the many positive comments expressed by the other four Board Members at the Board Meeting.”

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