Newton BOE renews superintendent’s contract

By Melanie Yingst -



PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Board of Education unanimously approved a new contract for Superintendent Pat McBride on Wednesday.

The contract is effective immediately. It extends McBride’s contract as superintendent through July 2022. His salary is $111,731 per year. McBride has served as the district’s superintendent for 11 years.

“We have beautiful facilities, our finances are good, our staff is strong, our board is strong. I think we are in a really good place. Obviously I can’t take credit for all that, but I feel like I’ve done my job,” McBride said.

McBride thanked the board for their support.

“This community and school has a real star sitting in that seat and we are real proud to be part of it,” said board member Dave Welbaum.

The board also hired Marissa Kleman as a kindergarten teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Kleman was a 2013 Newton High School graduate. She also is certified to teach special education classes.

Principal Danielle Davis said Kleman was highly recommended by her references, including student teacher mentors.

The board approved Newton Schools Principal Danielle Davis to receive $4,000 in addition to her annual supplemental compensation for CCIP reporting and compliance. The agenda states Davis has performed these duties for several years and the compensation is necessary to complete the tasks “that are increasingly more complex and time consuming.” At the June board of education meeting, Davis was approved to have a five-year contract roll-over to take effect the 2018-2019 school year.

Steve Fisher was approved to receive a three-year contract roll-over to begin the 2018-2019 school year.

In other news:

The board approved the following supplemental positions for band: Jackson Riffle for summer arranging percussion services, $1,500; Tyler Ohlemacker for percussion for fall season, $1,700; Brenden Dolehanty for assistant director, woodwind and full season, $2,700; Justice McClintock, head guard instructor and choreographer, $2,000; Autumn Gydosh, assistant guard instructor for three weeks, $800; Micki Hayes, camp visual tech, $500.

The board approved payment to Lisa Taylor in the amount of $500 and Catherine Geiger in the amount of $300. The payments are for services rendered for a special needs student to participate in spring track.

At the June regular board meeting, the follow action was approved by the board:

(Note: Board member Tonia Schauer was not present at the June meeting, according to the board meeting minutes.)

The board approved the resignation of Matt Gaal as band director effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The board then hired Kevin Taylor as the band director and choir director, grades 5-12 music instructor and junior and high school choir. Taylor was also approved to receive a $5,000 supplemental stipend to perform band camp instruction and summer duties and 35 days extended contract. Maryanne Siefring was hired as the K-12 art teacher. Luciano Tacuri was hired as a Spanish teacher.

The board approved all cafeteria workers to receive a 50 cent per hour pay increase and school bus drivers to receive a $1 per hour pay increase.

The board also approved to hire Wade Wehrley as the junior varsity basketball coach.

Also approved was the following annual salary increases for Stan Fessler and Gavin Spitler. The employees each received a $5,000 annual salary increase.


By Melanie Yingst