The Bexley City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously last month to extend new five-year employment contracts for Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller and Treasurer Kyle Smith.

Miller joined the district in August 2017. Her current contract runs from Aug. 1, 2017, through July 31, 2020, at an annual salary of $150,000. Board members April 8 approved terminating Miller's current contract on July 31, 2019, and making the new contract effective Aug. 1, 2019, through July 31, 2024, with an annual salary of $165,000. The salary will be increased by 2 percent, effective Aug. 1 of each year of the contract.

Under the contract, the district will pay an annual life insurance premium, with total coverage equal to the amount of her annual salary; $400 a month for professional travel within Franklin County; provide medical and dental insurance; 25 paid vacation days; pay her share of the State Teachers Retirement System contribution, pay her share of Medicare contributions; and a $100 monthly stipend for cellphone use for business purposes.

Miller's oversight of the process of drafting the district's strategic plan last year was a major factor that led the board to extend her contract, which was approved April 8, said John Barno, board president.

"We now have a clear plan in place, that meets the needs and expectations of our community, and it is being executed by our wonderful teachers, staff, and administrators," Barno said. "We wanted to make sure we kept Dr. Miller as our superintendent because of all of the great things we have already accomplished and have planned under Dr. Miller's leadership."

Before joining the Bexley City Schools, Miller served as the chief academic officer with the Dublin City Schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio State University, a master's degree in education from the University of Cincinnati, a doctorate in education from Miami University and a superintendent's license from Xavier University.

"I am deeply committed to the work that we have begun to engage, equip and empower each student for success now and into the future," Miller said. "We are global citizens in a rapidly changing world, and to prepare our students for their future is an awesome responsibility."

Smith joined the district in January 2017. His current contract runs from January 2017 through July 31, 2020. His current annual salary is $114,750, according to Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague's website. The board's resolution extends Smith's contract from Aug. 1, 2020, through July 31, 2025, with annual salaries as follows:

Aug. 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021 -- $125,000

Aug. 1, 2021, through July 31, 2022 -- $128,000

Aug. 1, 2022, through July 31, 2023 -- $132,000

Aug. 1, 2023, through July 31, 2024 -- $136,000

Aug. 1, 2024, through July 31, 2025 -- $140,000

The contract also states the district will pay his share of State Employee Retirement System contributions; life insurance with total coverage in the amount of two times his annual salary; provide medical and dental insurance; pay his share of Medicare contributions; 25 paid vacation days; and a $40 monthly stipend for cellphone use for business purposes.

Before joining the district, Smith served as assistant treasurer of the Upper Arlington City School District. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance from Ohio University.

The school board opted to extend Smith's contract because of his performance on fiscally related matters over the past 16 months, Barno said.

"Mr. Smith has provided invaluable advice and insight to the board on a wide range of financial issues," Barno said. "Mr. Smith also makes our jobs as board members easier by clearly explaining all aspects of school financing, and has anticipated the financial obstacles the district will face in the future, especially with our rapidly increasing enrollment and the rising costs required to properly educate our students."

Smith could not be reached for comment by press time.

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