Springboro school board bumps up pay for superintendent, treasurer

Springboro Superintendent Dan Schroer has a new three-year contract.

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Springboro Superintendent Dan Schroer has a new three-year contract.

The Springboro Board of Education rewarded the district’s top administrators with 4.8 percent pay increases and $10,000 annuities in their final meeting of the year.

The amended contracts, approved Dec. 13 by the board, also gave Superintendent Dan Schroer and Treasurer Terrah Floyd tuition reimbursement for one class a semester.

The district is in the midst of a strategic planning process and is expected to ask voters for new levy money in 2020.

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The amendments were made to contracts set in July. For Schroer, the changes were retroactive to Aug. 1.

The board unanimously approved the changes to Floyd’s five-year contract, but board member Lisa Babb cast the only no vote against Schroer’s three-year contract, just as she did in July.

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Babb has questioned Schroer’s leadership and criticized the board’s evaluation process.

“Those concerns have continued for me,” she said prior to the Dec. 13 vote.

Of the evaluation process, she said, “The previous goals were not measurable.”

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None of the other board members commented before approving the amended contracts.

They praised Schroer in the evaluation, obtained by this newspaper through a public records request.

“Your vision of where we are going is very solid. The goals that you have set forth with staff and students are very attainable and you have communicated well,” Board President Dave Stuckey wrote in the superintendent’s evaluation.

Board Member Jamie Belanger commended Schroer for “connecting” the district with Robert Sommers, the consultant administering the strategic planning process.

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Board Member Charles Anderson wrote, “Dan can effectively communicate the vision and goals.”

Babb, Stuckey and Anderson didn’t respond to requests for additional comments on Schroer’s evaluation.

In August, the district reached agreements on contracts giving teachers a 2 percent raise in each of the next two years, while classified staff (secretaries, bus drivers, aides and others) received 2.25 percent raises for those years.

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In October, Floyd told the board the district would need an additional levy in 2020.

“We do not have a set time line in place for any new money requests,” she said in an email response to questions about the district’s finances. “This will be discussed at future board meetings, but as of now we are just monitoring it closely!”

No discussion of future levies occurred during the board’s final meeting of 2018.

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