BRUNSWICK –– Shortly after Superintendent Michael Mayell announced that he would be retiring, the school board decided to ask him to keep the position for a while longer.
Mayell decided to retire after finding out that, thanks to his time coaching wrestling, he was able to do so earlier than originally planned.
However, the board said that his retirement might not be timely since Mayell has been spearheading the new middle school project.
“We felt that a change in his position in the middle of that middle school going up could be a problem,” said Grant Relic, president of the school board.
However, the decision to keep Mayell on board required the board to hire him back.
His pension, which comes from STRS (State Teachers Retirement System) will be effective in June. He is required to take 60 days off and his new term as superintendent will begin on Oct. 1.
His new salary will be around $114,000.
According to Mark Pepera, treasurer for the district, Mayell’s current salary is $148,000.
Nothing is set in stone, but it is expected that Mayell will move on from the position after the middle school project is complete.
“We are hiring him to finish this project,” said Rich Nowak, vice President of the school board. “That’s the idea, that’s what we are doing.”
Mayell has been in charge of this project since its beginnings. The project is on track and under budget and the board would like to keep it that way.
“We really expect that building to be open August of 2020,” said Relic.
The board will be soon posting the position of superintendent to begin processing applications.