Scott Gooding knew he had a new contract as treasurer for Westerville City Schools when his current contract expired July 31; he just didn't know how much he would be paid.

Scott Gooding knew he had a new contract as treasurer for Westerville City Schools when his current contract expired July 31; he just didn't know how much he would be paid.

Last February the Westerville Board of Education approved a new three-year contract for Gooding, effective Aug. 1. But members held off putting a dollar figure to it until the board "could evaluate his performance for an entire contract year," said board Vice President Kristi Robbins.

The board did that last month, she said at Monday's board meeting.

The board then approved an amendment to Gooding's new contract that includes a 4-percent base salary increase and added an electronic communication allowance of $100 per month.

With the contract amendment, Gooding's base salary increases from $103,748 to $107,898 and he is eligible for a performance payment of up to $5,460, providing annual goals established by Gooding and the board are achieved by the end of the current school year.

"We believe that Mr. Gooding is doing a good job in fulfilling his role as the treasurer of a multi-million dollar organization," Robbins said. "His financial guidance and expertise are relied upon heavily as we keep our commitment to maintain a balanced budget through fiscal year 2010."

In other business Monday, the board:

Recognized six teachers from Walnut Springs Middle School who recently were awarded Governor's Awards for Excellence in Youth Science Opportunities from the Ohio Department of Education. They are: Sherry Birchem, Chad Clark, Deborah Fisher, John McCoy, Julie McSwords and Heather Smalley.

Accepted the following donations: four picnic tables, concrete and installation to Alcott Elementary from its PTA, valued at $4,842; funds for COSI on Wheels and other programs and supplies to Annehurst Elementary from its PTA, valued at $817; a 553-square-yard paved walking path at Huber Ridge Elementary from its PTA, valued at $16,350; and a refrigerator for Westerville North High School from Mix 97.1, valued at $500.

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