2011-05-14 / News

Stought to head high school

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT - Jeff Stought will be the new Millersport High School principal beginning August 1.

Walnut Township School Board members unanimously approved a three-year contract for the 1978 Millersport High School graduate. Stought completed a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1982 at Ohio University and received a Masters Degree in Administration from Ohio University in 2010.

He taught and coached at Northridge in Licking County for 12 years and has now been at Millersport for 15 years. Stought has been the Dean of Students since 1997. He was the head varsity basketball coach from 1993 - 2005 and the junior varsity coach from 1991 - 1993. Stought was the boys golf coach from 2000-2004 and the girls golf coach 2000-2003.

“Jeff knows the district,” Superintendent Ron Thornton said. “He knows the kids. He is the logical choice.”

The district may also have a new superintendent to start the new school year. For the last month, the district has been sharing Thornton with Berne Union Local Schools in southern Fairfield County. Treasurer Kirk Grandy has been shared with Berne Union since January, saving the district about $10,000 this year and $20,000 next school year.

Thornton wants to retire by mid fall, prompting a joint search for a new superintendent to serve both districts. Each district would save about $30,000 a year by sharing a superintendent. Currently, there is only one other shared superintendent in Ohio – Orrville

City Schools and Rittman Exempted Village Schools share a superintendent.

Both local boards have discussed sharing a superintendent via video conference with the Orrville and Rittman boards. Neither district gives up its independence; they simply share their top manager and in this case the superintendent and treasurer.

More than 50 applications were received for the joint superintendent’s post and both boards interviewed four candidates Wednesday night. Thornton has pledged to stay until the new superintendent feels comfortable with both districts.

In other business Monday night, Grandy reported that school district income tax collections in 2011 were down about $5,000 from 2010 and nearly $24,000 down from his forecast. However, the picture is brighter for real estate tax revenue which was up nearly $120,000 over 2010 and nearly $73,000 above Grandy’s forecast. Grandy also reported that the district spent about $70,000 less for purchased services than budgeted, leaving the district ahead $119-120,000 compared to the forecast for the year.

Charlie Gang, owner of the Village Twist dairy bar, asked for permission to tap into the district’s sewer manhole so the drive-in can connect to the Millersport sewer system. The county health department has condemned his septic system and is requiring Gang to connect to the Millersport system before allowing the dairy bar to reopen. Gang is installing a pump/grinder system which allows himtousea21/2inchlineto connect to the manhole. The line will be installed via underground directional boring. He has been working closely with maintenance/ transportation supervisor Mike Washburn.

Board members approved the project as long as Gang’s installation meets health department and village regulations.

A list of 47 seniors was approved for graduation on Sunday, June 5, provided they complete their graduation requirements.

In other personnel actions, board members approved Brett Prince’s resignation at the end of the school year. Thornton said he accepted a head basketball coaching position west of here.

Board members also approved the following supplemental contracts for teachers. Supplemental contracts for non-teachers will be approved next month. The contracts include:

• Ann Bowen for head varsity volleyball and Spanish Club advisor;

• Randy Brown for head girls varsity basketball;

• Noelle Harkabus for band director and jazz band director;

• Terry Holbert for assistant boys basketball and head baseball;

• Kevin Keener for cross country coach and junior high track;

• C J Schmitz for assistant baseball;

• Steve Mohler for high school music/Select director and marching band/auxiliary director; and

• Michelle Peters for yearbook advisor. Kirk Grandy will return as the volunteer head boys basketball coach.

The board’s June meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 6 in the elementary school library. The July meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 25, in the elementary school library

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