LORDSTOWN SCHOOLS Command teacher job created

The principal position was eliminated earlier this year.
LORDSTOWN -- The board of education has approved creation of an elementary school command teacher position to be paid up to $4,500 this year.
The district has been in fiscal emergency since late last year. As a cost-cutting measure, the district eliminated the elementary school principal post, projecting an estimated $63,430 savings.
The command teacher, who would be selected from the elementary school staff, would manage the building and respond to staff and pupil concerns when Superintendent Ray Getz cannot. The position is for one year and it will be posted as a vacancy. The pay is in addition to whatever wage the teacher earns.
The command teacher won't evaluate other teachers. Payment will be $25 per day for up to 180 days.
"It's difficult to ask teachers to do things that go way beyond the ordinary duties of a teacher," Getz said.
Opposed: Roxanna Holton, board member, voted against the move.
"I feel it will cause conflict within the bargaining unit," she said. "I feel that we've made a decision by eliminating the elementary principal's position and placing Mr. Getz at the elementary school as well as superintendent."
She said Bristol School District has twice as many pupils as Lordstown and the superintendent doubles as a principal.
"I'd like Mr. Getz to give it a try before we get into this," Holton said.
"I don't expect any negative response from our staff," the superintendent said. "The staff is very professional."
He said while the school board hires administrators, it's his responsibility to dole out assignments.
"I put myself at the elementary school," Getz said.
But he said he'd respect whatever the board decided.
Board President Becky Albrecht and members Gary Koch, Tim Rech and Scott Thomas voted in favor of the resolution creating the new position, with Holton opposed.
To seek levy: Board members also approved a resolution to place a five-year emergency school levy on the November ballot. The levy would generate $770,000 annually.
The state fiscal oversight commission was expected to vote on the levy at a meeting today.
Information must be filed with the Trumbull County Board of Elections by Aug. 23 to get the levy on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Voters in May rejected a 10.2-mill emergency levy. That levy would have brought in about $1.3 million in each of the five years.

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