Johnstown Independent

Board extends interim superintendent contract for Slater


The Johnstown Monroe Board of Education voted 5-0 to extend interim superintendent Thomas Slater's contract for another year, to July 1, 2014, as the board seeks a permanent replacement for former superintendent Damien Bawn, who retired at the end of February.

"We chose to sign (Slater) on for another year due to his experience," said board President Amy Ramey. "He brings a tremendous amount to the district.

"His experience with facilities will greatly help us with beginning to plan for facilities." She said Slater is not the district's permanent superintendent, but keeping him on for another year gives board members the time to do a more extensive search, and find the perfect fit for Johnstown Monroe Local Schools.

"We have a mutual agreement with him that if we find the right fit for the district before his contract is up, we can move forward with that hire," said Ramey, adding that Slater would help orient a new permanent superintendent to the district.

The board has interviewed some candidates to replace Bawn, but as of yet its members haven't found the person they're looking for. "We are looking for strong leadership and for someone who is familiar with how the budget for a smaller district works," said Ramey.

Slater, formerly North Fork Local Schools' superintendent, will earn $117,000 for the upcoming year. He said the salary is one of the lower in Licking County and there are no benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance and the like.

As a retiree, he receives his benefits from outside of the district. Slater was earning $350 per day at his initial hire. The Licking County Educational Service Center helped the district find Slater.

"The board did interview other candidates and decided to go the route of having me to stay on for the year and start the search earlier next year," said Slater. "Presently, I've enjoyed my time as interim superintendent and look forward to being able to help the district continue to move forward with the success that we have experienced in the past and gain to new levels in the future."