2013-06-08 / News

Walnut Township Schools name Cotner superintendent

By Charles Prince

MILLERSPORT – Walnut Township Local Schools will no longer share a superintendent with Berne Union schools.

The two-year experiment ended when Superintendent Dale Dickson recently decided to retire. Each district paid him $70,000 a year for a total salary of $140,000.

Monday night, Walnut Township board members approved a three-year contract with Randy Cotner to head the district. For the last two years, Cotner has served as the district’s athletic director, Dean of Students at the high school and taught two high school math classes.

Cotner is a former superintendent of Westfall Schools in Pickaway County. He had previously worked as an administrator for former Walnut Township Superintendent Ron Thornton when Thornton was superintendent at Teays Valley. Dickson replaced Thornton when he retired. Cotner was also a former basketball coach at Hamilton Township in Franklin County.

Cotner will be paid $95,000 a year up from his current $65,000 salary. He had previously retired and been rehired. Walnut Township will not pick up his share of his pension contributions.

Cotner will retain the administrative duties of the athletic director in his new post. The rest of the responsibilities will be split among current administrators, helping offset the additional $25,000 a year being paid to the superintendent.

Board Vice President Vince Popo told The Beacon that the district was paying $95,000 a year for a superintendent back in 2007.

District Treasurer Kirk Grandy will continue to be shared with Berne Union.

Berne Union hired Richard Spindler as superintendent. He is a former Berne Union superintendent who is returning to the district after two years as superintendent at Zane Trace in Ross County.

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