WATERFORD - Wolf Creek Local Schools mourned the loss of a school board and community member this school year with the sudden passing of Lynn Sandford.
Sandford, 73, died Nov. 20, 2010, and officials said he moved into the district because he loved the school system so much, and he kept his devotion to education and community until his last days.
Though the board mourned his loss, state law required an appointment to the seat, which did not expire until 2014, within 30 days. At the end of December the board appointed Waterford resident Joe Campbell to fill the vacant seat.
Campbell, 43, was unanimously approved by the board's remaining four members and was sworn in during a special meeting. Campbell was one of two residents to apply for the position.
The planning and environmental coordinator for AEP Ohio's Muskingum River plant, Campbell said new employees coming to the plant are often impressed by Wolf Creek as they consider where to send their children.
That faith in the academic system isn't without reason. In August the Ohio Department of Education released report cards for the 2009-10 school year, and the Wolf Creek Local School District was the only one in Washington County to earn an excellent rating.
"Ultimately, our goal is to make excellent with distinction," Wolf Creek Superintendent Bob Caldwell said. "But overall, we're very pleased. This is the third year in a row (the district has received an excellent rating), and we're fortunate and blessed to have great kids."
Excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency are the designations assigned to the various schools and school districts in the state.
In December the board also voted to renew the contracts for all district administrators. Caldwell and Treasurer Rachel Miller now have contracts that expire July 31, 2016. Caldwell earns $89,902.76 in the position; Miller earns $48,829.75.
Waterford Elementary Principal Doug Baldwin also had his contract extended five years, through June 20, 2016. He earns $63,531.84.
Waterford High School Principal Randy Shrider was approved for a three-year contract extension, also ending June 30, 2016. Shrider earns $72,543.76.