Groveport Madison superintendent receives three-year contract extension

JACK McLAUGHLIN
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Garilee Ogden

The Groveport Madison school board voted 3-2 during a May 13 virtual meeting to extend Superintendent Garilee Ogden's contract for three years.

Her original contract, signed when she was named superintendent in 2018, expires July 31, 2021.

The new contract expires July 31, 2024.

According to district treasurer Felicia Drummey, Ogden's base salary in her first contract as superintendent in 2018 was $140,000 with a 3.75% increase for 2019-20 and a 2.5% increase for 2020-21.

The new contract starts with a base salary of $148,881 with a 2.5% increase for the two following years and a benefits package of $82,281. Drummey said the majority of total benefits are for mandatory salary-driven contributions from the district on behalf of all employees to the State Teachers Retirement System and Medicare in addition to employer-paid group health benefits.

Board president Libby Gray and members Nancy Gillespie and Chris Snyder voted in favor of the extension. Members Bryan Shoemaker and Kathleen Walsh voted against it. Neither responded to multiple requests for comment from ThisWeek Canal Winchester Times.

Gray said the Ohio Revised Code gives school districts the choice to reemploy serving superintendents up to 18 months before their contracts expire.

"This is common practice throughout the state," she said. "This gives the board the ability to retain and show the superintendent their support of the work that they have accomplished in the district."

Gray said Ogden has been doing a great job for the Groveport Madison school district.

Under her leadership, the district renewed a $6.68-mill operating levy in November 2019 that will provide more than $5 million annually in tax revenue. This came after a combined levy and bond issue failed in May 2019.

"I wanted to recognize the hard work, dedication and her great leadership for the past 18 months, especially during the current COVID-19 crisis," Gray said

Snyder also noted Ogden's handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic as a factor in his vote.

"I voted to extend Garilee's contract because I believe that we are in a better position as a district since she's taken the helm," he said. "She has handled the pandemic well and I wanted to keep her around to help us continue to move forward."

Before becoming superintendent, Ogden served as Groveport Madison's director of curriculum, instruction and professional development.

"I am excited and honored to be able to continue serving the staff, students and community of Groveport Madison Local Schools," she said. "I ... look forward to continuing the work we have done to improve academics, being intentional serving individual needs and instilling a belief and mindset in students so that they can produce the results in their lives that they want."

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