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Board extends super’s contract

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A bulk of the action at the Chico School Board meeting Monday stemmed from a lengthy closed session.

The board voted 4-3 to renew the contract of Superintendent Mike Jones. Trustees G.A. Buckner, Pancho Redwine and Mark Tate voted against the motion, which extends Jones’s contract through the 2015-2016 school year.

Trustees deferred determining his salary to the summer, when they prepare the upcoming year’s budget.

During the multiple-hour closed session, the board also accepted the resignation of high school prinicipal Gerald “Rosie” Rosebure, effective Dec. 21.

Rosebure, who was hired in May 2011, resigned “for personal reasons.”

“We miss him greatly,” Jones said.

Lisa Slaughter, the district’s former director of accountability/special programs campus intervention, was moved into that position effective Jan. 4.

“She had been on the high school campus working to correct the unacceptable rating the school received,” Jones said. “She knew the students, knew the staff. She wanted that job and was excited about it. That’s what you want, that kind of enthusiasm.”

The five-year district employee had previously served as the elementary school principal, where she was instrumental in raising the school’s recognized rating to exemplarary, Jones said.

During the construction report, the board was notified that roof repairs are complete at the elementary school, 98 percent finished at the high school and materials have been ordered for the project at the middle school. Work is complete on enclosing the northern exposure of the ag/science building both as a buffer against the weather and for additional storage.

In honor of School Board Appreciation month, trustees were presented with certificates, cards from the ag/science department represented by student Kenzie Cantrell, a video compiled by elementary school students and staff and candy and other trinkets from the district’s other campuses. A proclamation from the governor was also read.

In other news, the board:

  • approved the district’s Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS), which was presented in a public hearing,
  • added the Robert and Martha Kirkbride Scholarship account at First State Bank and accepted a donation to the fund in memory of Ryan Ruddick,
  • OK’d the consent agenda – minutes from the Dec. 17 meeting, the financial report, tax roll changes and expenditures.

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