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Briggs' salary, benefits structure will differ from Shepard's

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Northridge Local Schools treasurer Britt Lewis said Chris Briggs would have a very different salary and benefits structure compared to his predecessor, John Shepard.

"It's totally different," Lewis said. "All the stuff John had is gone."

Lewis said Briggs, whose first day as superintendent is Jan. 14, would be paid on a salary and a performance-incentive program, based on the Ohio Superintendent Evaluation System.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio superintendents and school boards use the system to evaluate the performance of superintendents. The system is designed as a voluntary system for mid-year and end-of-year evaluations.

Basically, Lewis said, Briggs will earn a salary of $115,000. If he meets the Ohio Superintendent Evaluation System's criteria, he could earn up to an additional 3 percent, or $118,450, for his first year, followed by an additional 5 percent in subsequent years. Lewis said that unlike previous superintendents, Briggs would pay 30 percent into his health benefits, like all district employees. He said without the performance-incentive-program income, Briggs would make roughly $135,000 per year, including salary and benefits. Lewis said the board would pay up to $1,200 for Briggs' membership dues in various organizations, such as the OSBA, and Briggs is allowed $100 per month for cellphone use. He'll have 25 vacation days and a 5-percent annuity, based on base pay.

If the district could pass an income-tax levy, he said, both he and Briggs would pay the tax even though they do not live within the district.

Briggs said he is ready for Jan. 14 to arrive.

"I'm excited to get started," he said.

Briggs said the biggest challenge in the beginning will be in getting to know the community and staff and familiarizing himself with how Northridge works. One of his goals is to continue to enhance the community's sense of pride in the district.

"I want everyone to feel like the school is the center of the community," he said.

Briggs said Northridge faces many of the same challenges other districts face, such as incorporating the common core state standards and preparing students for the third-grade reading guarantee.

According to a Northridge press release, Briggs, who formally was hired Dec. 17, has more than 22 years of experience in education. He has served as regional executive director for Columbus City Schools since the start of the 2011-12 school year. He previously served as principal of New Albany Intermediate School for eight years and was principal at Hamilton Township High School prior to that. He also spent nine years with South-Western City Schools in administrative and classroom roles. Briggs earned his Doctorate of Education degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and his master's in educational policy and leadership and educational administration from the Ohio State University.

George Tombaugh, assistant superintendent with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, has served as the district's interim superintendent since September and said he would stay with Northridge for Briggs' first week to help familiarize him with the district.

Shepard resigned his position Sept. 14 but remains with the district as educational operations consultant for the rest of his current contract, which expires July 31, 2013. He will work mainly from home.

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