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South Range superintendent receives raise

CANFIELD – The South Range school board this week approved an increase in pay for the schools superintendent.

Based on a review of pay for Mahoning County school superintendents, the board approved an increase in pay for Superintendent Bethany Carlson to $106,000 effective Aug. 1, an increase of $6,000 from the previous year, and $112,000 for the final year of her contract in 2022-2023. The board also agreed to reimburse Carlson up to $6,000 per year for her continued education to earn her doctorate in school superintendent education.

Board President Ralph Wince said he requested the review of Mahoning County school superintendents since the board originally hired Carlson at the low end for her first year to see how she performed. He said the board could not be happier with her performance considering the Covid pandemic and having no prior superintendent experience.

Wince noted Carlson was the lowest paid superintendent in the county. He also noted the increase, assuming no increases in other districts, only moves her one spot up on the list.

In other business, the board approved as daily substitute teachers for the 2021-2022 school year at $100 per day Denise Kosek for elementary, Christine Horton for middle school and Maria Joseph for high school.

The board also approved Victoria Wellington as a part-time instructional aide, David Warren as a custodial assistant and Jim Richley as an interim assistant high school band director/drum coach and band camp/summer sessions.

Additionally, the board accepted the resignation of Kari Washburn as head high school cheerleading coach and granted supplemental coaching contracts for the 2021-2022 school year to David Markulin for head wrestling, Charles Colucci for assistant wrestling coach (high school), Amy Shane for head high school cheer, Allison Carrocce for assistant high school cheer, Mark Bush for middle school cross country volunteer, Xena Maali-Gentile for middle school cross country and Kathy Komara for head volleyball.

Also at the meeting, the board approved an agreement for sports medicine services with Peak Performance Physical Therapy of North Lima at a cost of $3,500 for the 2021-2022 school year. Peak Performance also provides services for non-sports students, according to Carlson.

The board also approved the continuation of the before and after school child care program for the 2021-2022 school year, directed, coordinated and supervised by designated Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Governments (MVRCOG) employees. Costs of the program will be covered by the parents enrolling their children in the program.

Additionally, the board recognized the speech and debate team, under the guidance of Nicole Rothbauer and Nicole Fryfogle, for participating in the National Speech and Debate Tournament this year.

Carlson read a letter from the director of the national tournament who recognized South Range for participating in the tournament for a 10th time, noting one year of participation tremendous and 10 years a “truly outstanding achievement” few schools have attained. The letter said the achievement was only possible with the support of advisors and administrators.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the K-12 campus auditorium.

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