Northern Lehigh School District's superintendent has received a new five-year contract.
By a 7-1 vote, the school board agreed on Monday to accept Superintendent Michael Michael's resignation, establish his compensation, and elect him to another five-year term.
Sherri Molitoris, board secretary, said that PDE regulations state that because Michaels was not within the final year of his contract, then he must resign his position so that the board could rehire him to another five-year term.
Director Robert Keegan Jr. cast the lone no vote. Director Mathias Green was absent.
After the meeting, Keegan said he "totally supports the superintendent."
"There are specific parts of the contract I don't agree with," Keegan said. "I just think it is cumbersome, and we shouldn't have to put our superintendent through that."
Michaels' new contract will run from June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2019.
Reached this morning, Michaels said he didn't have the details of his contract in his possession, but added his salary will remain in line with his current contract, which was set to expire June 30, 2015.
The board's decision comes one year after it agreed to approve a five-year contract for Michaels, effective Aug. 1, 2013, through July 31, 2018.
As per the terms of that contract, Michaels was set to make $128,700 in the 2013-2014 school year, and then receive a 2.25 percent increase in the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
"It's sad that I had to go through this and the board had to go through this because the state Department of Education made us go through this all again," Michaels said. "These are trying times, and I think state PDE should be worried about funding education."
Michaels said, "The board was looking to make sure that I retire at Northern Lehigh, and not go anywhere else. I love it here, our teachers are great, our administration team is wonderful.
We want to leave the district in good hands five years from now. I really support the district, and with as many things as we've done here, we're really in great shape."
In other business, the board:
Ÿ Approved the administrative transfer of Beverly Rupert from high school second shift custodian to Slatington Elementary first shift custodian, with no change in salary, effective May 5.
Ÿ Appointed Elizabeth Doll as middle school cook's helper, replacing Dawn Martinez, who resigned, at a salary of $9 per hour, 2.5 hours per day, five days per week, up to 180 student days per year, plus additional cleaning days as needed, effective today, with a 60-day probationary period ending Oct. 15.
Ÿ Approved an employee's request to take a family medical leave beginning on Aug. 18 for the birth of her first child. The employee plans to return to her current teaching position on Jan. 5, 2015.
Ÿ Approved an employee's request to take a family medical leave beginning on May 5 for medical reasons. The employee plans to return to her current teaching position upon release from her physician.
Ÿ Approved school board policy #222, Pupils Tobacco, as presented after second reading.
Ÿ Granted homebound instruction for a fifth-grade student for five hours per week, effective April 21, and continuing for anindefinite amount of time.
Ÿ Granted Lisa Hairston, Suzanne Mengel, Jon Prive and Mary Smith permission to attend Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Implementers' Forum from May 28-29 in Hershey, with the cost of registration $75; lodging, $154; and travel, $47, for a total of $276.
Ÿ Granted John Hrizuk approval to attend the PDE Data Summit: Building a Culture of Quality, from May 18-21, in Lancaster, with the cost of registration $200; meals, $40; and travel, $92, for a total approximate cost of $332.
Ÿ Approved to contract with Art Feinberg as an independent contractor school psychologist for the 2014-15 school year Feinberg will be employed on an as-needed basis to assist the Special Education Department with student psychological services. The rate of pay will be $350.