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Mathews schools superintendent resigns

Published: Wed, March 16, 2011 @ 12:03 a.m.


Mathews Superintendent Lee Seiple

By Jordan Cohen



Long-time Mathews schools Superintendent Lee Seiple resigned Tuesday night, effective July 31. Seiple is under contract till July 31, 2014.

The resignation was not listed on the board of education agenda, but after an executive session of nearly three hours, Seiple emerged and handed out an agenda addition announcing his resignation.

The board voted unanimously in favor of accepting it, but only member Brian Stidham spoke publicly about it.

“I have mixed feelings about this,” Stidham said, adding that although he appreciates Seiple’s work for the district, “There are various reasons why [the resignation] is on here, and it is his choice to discuss it.”

There had been signs that Seiple and the board were occasionally at odds. The most obvious occurred last October when the board voted 3-2 against a pay increase for Stidham, who earns more than $91,000 annually. Board members declined then to discuss their reasons for the vote.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Seiple said the board did not demand his resignation, and board members agreed.

“I’ve been [in education] for 44 years and I think it’s time to do this,” said Seiple, 67, who was an educator in a number of districts and a superintendent in the Bloomfield-Mesopotamia district before coming to Mathews.

The board also approved Seiple’s recommendation to eliminate two full-time teachers, and a part-time special-education instructor, two custodians, a utility employee and eight other part-time positions. Their names will be revealed at the next meeting, April 30.

The move is part of Seiple’s plan to eliminate $600,000 in projected deficit spending.


1Miki(99 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The highest paid superintendant in Trumbull County per hour worked with benefits. 1 full millage of taxes to work 200 days! Good work if you can get it. He will be missed by the highest paid BOE in Trumbull County. They want another 2 mills on the May levy. Sure, why not.

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2Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Sounds like you're a bitter person or maybe jealous is more like it. But I assume you must be well qualified and I am sure you will be applying. Remember to make sure you state in your resume that you will demand a 50% pay cut since you are not as experienced and you will refuse any stipend from the board towards your STRS each month; and contribute 50% towards your health insurance.
Then with all your knowledge on taxes, you probably have a plan in that head of yours that will save mucho dollars for all of us taxpayers. Boy I wish Seiple would have resigned earlier and then we could have had you in place to save more money. Hurry we can't wait to have you on board!

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3highpoint(35 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Background: I was a Coach at Mathews HS for 5 years. I found Mr. Lee Seiple fair, straight forward, and truly interested in improving the Mathews Schooling and Sporting environment. No doubt he will be difficult to replace, but if they use him as a template of what is expected, Mathews will be the longer term beneficiary of his tenure. Thank you, Mr. Seiple for your service and dedication.

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4Miki(99 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Diebold2000, Sounds like you had a good plan but I am retired and do not believe in double dipping, as is common in the Mathews District. Then the people out there cry that their kids have to move away for jobs. Look in a mirror; just be sure that it is shatter resistant.
No where did I say that Mr. Seiple bad at his job, just over paid!

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