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North Marion administrators shuffled again; superintendent gets raise

North Marion School District is about to see a change in its administrative team yet again.

At the North Marion School Board’s March meeting, Superintendent Boyd Keyser revealed a shuffling of administrative duties at the elementary level, similar to what was announced a couple weeks earlier at the secondary level, effective next school year.

“We were looking to try as we did at the secondary level to really focus people’s work, because the amount of work is just overwhelming,” said Keyser. “We think this is a way we can be better at our jobs.”

Julie Jackson, current principal of North Marion Intermediate School, will now serve as a director of teaching and learning, being head of the intermediate and primary school teams. Both schools will have vice principals who will focus on operations. Tin Kha, the current principal of the primary school, will switch to the intermediate school to be its vice principal, and the primary position will be posted.

At the secondary level, Desiree Kiesel will serve as director of secondary teaching and learning, Barb Keeton will be assistant director, and operations will fall under the umbrellas of the middle school and high school principals, the latter of which is De Ann Jenness. The district is looking to hire for the middle school principalship. Andy Jones, who has been vice principal at the high school will focus more on his athletic director duties for grades 6-12.

Also as a result of the elementary level changes, there will be a supporting team made up of a part-time instructional specialist (which will be entirely funded through a Title I grant), an e-learning coordinator (Heidi Anderson, who currently runs the district’s technology lab called the Opportunities Center at the high school) and literacy coaches at each school, Cindy Brack and Amber Reisterer, who are already in similar positions, to “help unify the two buildings,” Keyser said. The individual vice principals will also be supported on the operations side by the two school counselors, Keyser added.

Like the secondary level changes, Keyser said this will have more of an effect on staff members than students.

“As far as a boss goes, if it’s about evaluating their performance, that’s Julie; if they want permission for a field trip, that’s Tin,” Keyser said, adding that more duties related to English language learners could be tacked on to Kha’s position since he has experience in that area.

Another administrator change is that, through a new contract, the superintendent will receive a 2 percent salary increase plus a 1.5 percent cost of living increase. Although he said he refused the increase in pay at first, Keyser said that it does go along with the 2 percent pay increase to certified and classified staff and the 1.5 percent salary increase given to administrators.

This puts the superintendent, whose contract will expire June 30, 2017, at $124,800 for the 2014-15 school year, $129,168 for 2015-16 and $131,751 for 2016-17.

The school board members filled out an assessment individually before going into executive session for the superintendent evaluation and three-year contract renewal.

“We believe (Boyd) is doing above average,” said school board vice-chairman Patrick McArthur at the board meeting before going into executive session. “There are still some areas he wants to work on, obviously, but all our assessments came out in a favorable light.”




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