It’s official: Schrader’s in

Sean C. Morgan

The District 55 School Board Monday hired Don Schrader of Glide to be its next superintendent.

Last week, the district announced that it had reached a tentative agreement with Schrader.

The board agreed to hire him at a salary of $102,168, the same pay as the current superintendent, with the same insurance package as the licensed staff and vacation time as the administrators.

The board agreed to a three-year contract.

“He felt strongly about keeping it cost-neutral,” said Chairman Jason Redick.

“I’m the last of the tightwads around here,” said Chanz Keeney, board member. “And I was pleased with his attitude, knowing our superintendent’s (salary) is lower than other districts.”

Schrader is coming from a district where he froze his own wages, Keeney said. Negotiations with Schrader were minimal.

Board member David VanDerlip wanted a chance to review the contract before approving it, he said. “I don’t want to delay things unnecessarily.”

If the contract was different from the one the board already has with Supt. Larry Horton, Keeney said, then he might agree; but it’s the same contract the board has had with Horton for the past three years.

Redick said he sent an email with the highlights of the contract to board members a week and a half earlier.

He didn’t receive any questions about it since then, he said.

Dale Keene told VanDerlip that he had plenty of time to request a copy and review it prior to the meeting.

The board voted 8-1 to hire Schrader. VanDerlip voted no. Keene, Redick, Keeney, Leena Neuschwander, Billie Weber, Mike Reynolds, John Fassler and Jenny Daniels voted yes.

In other business, the board:

Accepted the retirement of Transportation Supervisor L.D. Ellison and hired him back on contract for 2011-12.

Accepted the retirement of Tim D. Boatwright, math and PE teacher at Sweet Home High School. His retirement is effective at the end of the school year.

Accepted the resignation of Ben Madison, Spanish teacher at SHHS.

Accepted the resignation of Kathleen Buehler, half-time health teacher at SHHS. She is taking a PE position in Japan.

Approved and appropriated a Gear Up technology grant for $25,000.

Decided to leave Holley Elementary School’s name as it is.

Agreed to reschedule the May 9 meeting to May 10 because Horton would otherwise be unavailable.

Held the first reading on policy updates on tobacco, educational assistants, student health services and requirements and second reading on the Internet.