MARIETTA - Marietta City Schools interim superintendent Harry Fleming introduced the district's new director of teaching and learning, Jason Smith, during a board of education meeting Monday evening.
"Jason comes with a background of being a science teacher. He spent 16 years as school improvement coordinator and curriculum specialist and most recently comes from the Wood County Educational Service Center in the Bowling Green (Ohio) area," Fleming said.
Smith, who will make $70,000 a year, is replacing Joe Finley in the position. Finley will remain in the district as the principal of Phillips Elementary School.
Smith attended the meeting and said he's enjoyed his time in the district.
"I just really want to thank everybody for such a warm welcome," he said. "I could not have asked for a better start with meeting the community members, teachers, administrators. I just really think southern hospitality starts here and I thank you for that."
Also Monday, after meeting in executive session, the board voted to move forward with one of three extracurricular assignments that were on the agenda to be approved.
Jason Smith is replacing Joe Finley as director of teaching and learning in Marietta City Schools.
Joe Finley will remain in the district as the principal of Phillips Elementary School.
Smith will be making $70,000 a year with the new position.
Smith was introduced at the board of education meeting on Monday.
Elizabeth Thacker and J.D. Benson were not approved to be hired as co-directors for Marietta High School's Premiere Show Choir, but Lucas Stanton was approved to be hired as an assistant defense coordinator for the high school football team.
"There's some confusion over the dollar amounts for the other two positions; it's not that there's any problem; no one was sure how those are being broken down," said board president Greg Gault.
Stanton will be paid $2,855, while the agenda indicates that Benson was to be paid $3,000 and Thacker was to be paid $2,171.
Gault noted during Monday's meeting that the weight room at the high school was recently renovated by a group of volunteers and students. He read a lengthy list of names of those who were involved with the project.
"All the money to renovate the weight room was raised privately," he said.
While they won't officially decide until January when their meetings will be held, board members decided Monday evening they would like to continue holding some of their meetings at the schools in the district, which is something they started doing last year.
Fleming told board members he would talk to the principals at the various schools and determine when it might be best to meet there.
"That way we got some different crowds," said board member Wendy Myers. "We also showcased some of the student work but we didn't make it to the middle school or Harmar (Elementary) and I don't want them to feel slighted by any means."