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Medina school board looks into renewing superintendent contract

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    Aaron Sable



MEDINA — Medina Superintendent Aaron Sable, whose contract expires July 31, said there’s still work to be done.

Sable signed a three-year contract in 2016. He was given a 2-percent raise last year, which bumped his annual salary to $142,800, according to figures provided by Medina Treasurer Dave Chambers.

According to Ohio Revised Code, the school district needs to inform Sable by March 1 whether or not they will renew his contract, school board President Rebecca Parkhurst said after Monday’s work session at the high school.

“We want to bring him back,” she said. “We think he’s doing a great job.”

Sable said he’d love to stay with the district.

“There’s still work to do moving forward,” he said. “We want to keep our momentum.”

He said the important thing is to “come up with a contract that is fair and acceptable, not only for the district but the community.”

In other news

  • Sable said the district will soon meet with the city to discuss the Medina Community Recreation Center’s joint operation agreement. Assistant Superintendent Kris Quallich, interim Business Manager Joe Magnacca and Sable will represent the district in the talks.
    Sable said they will “dig into the JOA.”
    “The goal is to work collaboratively with city and rectify some of the concerns, rather than go to the advisory committee.”
    The meeting date has not yet been scheduled.
    “It’s my understanding that most of the concerns are being raised on the district’s end,” Sable said. “I don’t have a total understanding where the city is as far as their end of the JOA.”
    The school district is paying 52.5 percent of the rec center’s expenses, compared with the city’s 47.5 percent.
    As far as the rec center’s expansion project, which will cost about $750,000, Sable said he hopes to make a recommendation to the board this month.
    “The JOA and expansion are two different issues,” he said.
    He said the city won’t consider approving the expansion unless the school board approves it.
  • The school board will vote on whether to go forward with the Northrop Nature Trail if the district is not successful in getting a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Land and Water Conservation Fund. The federal grant would be used to construct a 400-foot trail linking Reagan Park to Eliza Northrop Elementary School.
    Quallich said they expect to find out if they get the grant in the spring.
    The project would cost around $260,000, the grant would be for about half that.
    If they get the grant, construction would start in the summer and hopefully be completed in time for the 2019-20 school year.
    The main purpose is to add more parking for Northrop.
  • The next school board meeting is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10.
    The board set its organizational meeting for Jan. 7.
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