Belding school board approves superintendent evaluation, contract


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 4:57 pm on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, and Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tom Humphreys, discuss Shriver’s annual evaluation with board members Monday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

BELDING — Sara Shriver was elated nearly two years ago when she was selected as the superintendent of Belding Area Schools, and it appears members of the district school board continue to share in that sentiment.

At Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting, board members unanimously approved Shriver’s annual evaluation.

Board President Tom Humphreys said the evaluation began informally at the beginning of the year, with a final review performed during a closed session meeting on Aug. 5

“The superintendent evaluation was extremely favorable and quite comprehensive,” he said. “I’m pleased to say that while obviously everybody can improve, Mrs. Shriver received an excellent review and an excellent evaluation.”

According to Humphreys, Shriver’s review focused on areas regarding relationships with the board, community relations, relationships with the staff, businesses and finance, education and leadership, student attendance, student growth and achievement, and personal qualities.

Shriver’s three-year contract that was approved in the summer of 2013 was revisited and extended by one year, committing her to the district through 2017.

According to Finance Director Adrienne Barna, Shriver was approved a salary of $118,500 last year with annual salary increases of 1 percent per year aimed to restore previous cuts in pay to the position. That will place her 2014-2015 salary at $119,685.

“You’re not going anywhere for three years, right?” asked Humphreys jokingly.

Shriver smiled and responded, “Right,” reassuringly.

From left, new Belding Area Schools staff members, maintenance worker Brian VanDenberg, teacher Victoria Zdanciewicz, teacher Katie Kmiecik, teacher Melissa Price, teacher and football coach Tim McGee, and teacher and basketball coach Michael Redell, were introduced to the Belding Area Schools Board of Education on Monday evening. Not pictured are teacher Karen Flynn, secretary Dawn Farrell and migrant coordinator Kim Tanis. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board members also welcomed several new teachers and staff members throughout the district Monday evening.

Ellis Elementary School welcomes new teachers Victoria Zdanciewicz and Melissa Price while Woodview Elementary School welcomes teachers Katie Kmiecik and Karen Flynn.

Belding Middle School will welcome new secretary Dawn Farrell, who comes from the recently closed Threshold Academy.

Belding High School welcomes new teacher and assistant football coach Tim McGee, as well as special education teacher Casey Edwards and new basketball coach Michael Redell.

The district also welcomes new maintenance worker Brian Vandenberg and new migrant coordinator Kim Tanis.

“We have a fantastic group of new folks that are joining us here on staff and they come highly recommended,” Shriver said.

In other matters …

The Belding Area Schools Board of Education:

• Unanimously approved approved a trip request for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club to Louisville Ky. from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1 for the national FFA convention.

• Approved a contract with the Belding Education Support Personnel Association (BESPA), with Trustee Scott McNeal abstaining from voting, at a cost of $48,261 to the district’s general fund and $8,788 to food service fund.

• Approved an agreement with non-union support personnel, Board Vice President Timothy Flynn abstained, to restore a 1.5 percent wage cut and offer an individual statement of employment to each employee at a cost of $4,810 to the district.

• Unanimously approved an agreement with the district’s bus drivers to restore a 1.5 percent wage cut while also restoring uniform allowance and partial meal reimbursement at a cost of $4,544 to the district.

• Unanimously reached an agreement with administrative staff to restore a previous 1 percent salary cut as well as a 1 percent restoration to the superintendent contract, at a cost of $11,495 to the district.

• Unanimously reached an agreement for the health services coordinator position, which responsible for ordering medical supplies yearly and stocking clinics, acts as the district AED coordinator, develops student individual  health care plans and 504 plans, trains necessary staff in medicine disbursement and immunization tracking/reporting, participates on the Health Advisory Committee, acts as the Crisis Prevention Institute coordinator, assists in the coordination and implementation of the District Blood-borne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan.

• Unanimously approved minor changes to the district’s elementary school handbook.

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