Board honors former superintendent for service
By JUDY SHERARD
The Hays USD 489 Board of Education meeting Monday night was the last for Superintendent Will Roth.
Roth, who has been with the district since 1985, is retiring.
"Tonight is Dr. Roth's last meeting, and in appreciation for his years of service, the board has purchased a gift for him," board president Greg Schwartz said.
Roth started in the district as principal of then Felten Middle School. He was named assistant superintendent for curriculum in 1992 and became superintendent in 2010.
Dean Katt began as interim superintendent Sept. 1. His contract runs through September 2014, but can be terminated by either party for any reason after May 31, 2014, with 30 days notice.
The board tabled a decision on choosing a firm to search for a permanent superintendent.
"We definitely need to pick out three (firms) in October and have them come in November" to make presentations to the board, Katt said.
Search firm fees range from $5,000 to more than $20,000 plus expenses, he said.
The board also voted 7-0 to give district staff raises. The board approved the contract ratified by the Hays-NEA, which included horizontal movement and an increase of $670 for each grid box. Teachers move horizontally through additional education and professional development. The grid boxes on the salary schedule are the base salary for each step of education and years of experience.
Administrators and classified staff not including SEIU members, will get a 1.85 percent raise.
The meeting concluded with a 15-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. It included the board, Katt and board attorney Bill Jeter.
In other business, the board:
* Accepted a bid of $140,300 from Roofmasters to repair and replace a portion of the roof at Hays High School.
* Approved a three-year agreement for health insurance.
* Approved an agreement with NCKTC for 20 auto mechanic slots and 20 allied health slots at a cost of $34,020.