Whitehall News

District superintendent, treasurer ace evaluations


Whitehall City School District Superintendent Brian Hamler and Treasurer Steve McAfee each received a thumbs-up for their performances from board members last week.

Each earned an overall 3.6 points out of 4 from the panel, who likely will vote on a pay increase for the district's top leaders next month.

School board members met in a closed session last Thursday, Aug. 14, to evaluate Hamler and McAfee.

This is Hamler's first evaluation by the board.

"I have not had one complaint about the superintendent," board President Walter Armes said. "Considering this is his first year, he's doing a good job."

Armes cited Hamler's work to improve the district's public image and communication, continuing construction initiatives, the successful negotiation of two contracts, and restructuring efforts as positive moves.

McAfee's 3.6-point rating from the board is a slight dip from last year's 3.876-point rating. But Armes had only praise for the treasurer, whom he said has a "tremendous amount of knowledge at his fingertips."

Armes pointed out that, for the 14th year, the district was given the Auditor's Award with Distinction, one of the industry's top honors, for its financial accounting and reporting.

For McAfee, who's held the treasurer's seat for almost two years, it means he is continuing with the office's long-held tradition of being consistently awarded, Armes said.

The state auditor's office audits around 5,800 state and local government agencies in Ohio every year and hands out only about 150 Awards with Distinction.

Fewer than 5 percent of all Ohio government agencies receive the award each year.

The board will discuss any salary increase for McAfee during September's regular board meeting.

"All in all, we think the top two people we evaluated are doing a great job, and that's good for the school district," Armes said.