BEVERLY - The Fort Frye Board of Education voted to hire a curriculum director during Thursday's meeting.
The board unanimously approved the recommendation of a search committee whose members included interim Superintendent Dora Jean Bumgarner and Fort Frye High School Principal Susan Rauch to hire Noreen Mullens to oversee the district's curriculum and make sure it meets state qualifications.
Mullens is a doctoral candidate at Toledo University and an assistant principal in the Sylvania City school district. She previously served as assistant curriculum director in that district and a consultant for school improvement with a regional state support team.
"She constantly works to improve student achievement in all these jobs," Bumgarner said.
Mullens received a two-year contract with an annual salary of $64,000.
"This is something that I think will be very beneficial for this district," said Johnna Zalmanek, board vice president.
For the last two years, the responsibilities of a curriculum director had been divided between two district employees on supplemental contracts.
In other business:
Parts of the boiler have rusted, and Rauch said she's not sure whether it can be repaired or will have to be replaced.
In addition, a new computer lab is putting a strain on the building's aging electrical system.
"We have 2011 equipment that's operating on 1957 wiring," Rauch said.
Other machinery is putting such a burden on the system that fuses are frequently blown, she said.
Bumgarner recommended keeping the newsletter, published four times annually, for one more year. An online survey produced mixed results about residents' opinion of the publication, with some saying they wanted it online and some saying they preferred having it mailed.
But board members questioned whether the Communicator was worth the almost $6,000 a year the district spends to assemble and print it.
"I think it's a waste of money," board President Tammy Bates said.
Zalmanek asked whether the newsletter could be posted online for free.
Bumgarner noted someone would still have to be paid on a supplemental contract to assemble the information. Zalmanek suggested a volunteer could do it, and Bates proposed having the high school newspaper class produce something similar.