Board approves salary adjustment for Superintendent Hott

By Jane Maiolo

At a September 10 study session, the Springfield Board of Education approved an adjustment in the superintendent's salary. Superintendent Kathryn Hott was hired April 1 to replace Dr. Cynthia Beekley who retired. She was awarded a four-year contract with an initial salary of $121,500.

Treasurer Bob Moellenberg said the board of education reviews the superintendent's salary annually in late summer. After returning from an executive session, the board voted to increase Mrs. Hott's salary to $127,000.

In a September 16 telephone interview, President Ev Harris, said the board is pleased with Mrs. Hott's work.

"She's done an absolutely fabulous job."

He noted that the superintendent came to the job well prepared, working alongside Dr. Beekley for several years as assistant superintendent. Mr. Harris also commended Mrs. Hott on her professionalism, adding that she has been actively involved in district events and has attended parent club and SHS student government meetings. "She's just been everywhere, and everything she's done, she has given 100 percent effort," he said.

In addition to Mrs. Hott's wages, the board also approved contracts for several certificated personnel. They are: Nina Hasemeyer, kindergarten at Holland Elementary, $38,096; Janessa Benner, kindergarten at Crissey Elementary, $37,221; Kim Rupley, sixth grade math at middle school, $36,590; Amy Doyle, kindergarten assistant at Dorr Elementary, $90 per day; Kathleen Hankish, transition teacher at Holloway Elementary, $15,495, and Paula Cromwell, fifth grade assistant at Dorr Elementary, $90 per day. The board also hired Dustin Hamilton as supervisor of athletic fields and grounds. He will receive a salary of $51,911. Instructional support teachers Steven Searle and Patricia LoScudo were hired at a rate of $25 per hour.

In other business, the board:

•Heard from the Athletic Boosters that a dedication ceremony, "Making Tracks,"  for the new track field is scheduled for October 16. Work is nearing completion, with the board accepting a bid from Laibe Electric to install field lighting at a cost of $82,710.

•Designated building liaison/volunteer coordinators for 2008-09. They are Amy Sanders, $3,000, Crissey Elementary; Carrie Bork, $2,250 and Donna Smith, $750, Dorr Elementary; Liza Runyan, $3,000, Holland Elementary; April Roth, Holloway Elementary, $3,000; Paula Smith, middle school, $1,000, and Lew Anderson, high school, $1,000.

•Accepted a bid from Century Equipment to install an irrigation system at the varsity and junior varsity softball fields on Angola Road at a cost of $50,000.

•Listened to a presentation from members of student government on the issue of having a school mascot. Student government believes that a mascot would help promote school spirit. However, in the past some members of the community have expressed concern about having a blue "devil" as a mascot.

•Approved classified contracts for Art McIntyre, bus aide, $12.06 per hour and Amy Kellar, bus driver, $16.66 per hour.

•Accepted the resignation of Kathleen Hankish, instructional support teacher at Holland Elementary.

•Approved the following certificated substitutes for the 2008-09 school year: Brianne Barhite, Mark Drozdowicz, Trina Hendricks, Renee Hibner, Kristen Kastle, Diane Knepper, Danielle Kowalski, Ashlee Kwiatkowski, Nicole McKenzie, Sarah Nolan, Nicholas Pant, Sarah Repp and Oran Williams.

•Approved five requests to attend professional meetings.

•Commended Gene Schwamberger and Connie Valiquette for their job performance at the start of the school year. The next meeting of the board will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 24 at the administration building, 6900 Hall Street, Holland. The meeting is open to the public.