Jefferson Local school board renews treasurer’s contract in 3-2 vote

By Erin Thompson -

Jefferson Local Schools Treasurer Jill Smith will stay in her position for another five years, though board of education members were split on the decision.

Members voted three to two to renew Smith’s contract following some discussion regarding her salary and benefits during Monday’s board meeting.

Board members Jerry Garman and Jerry Doran voted against Smith’s renewal. Garman questioned Smith’s $94,368 annual salary and some of the benefits she receives, such as a monthly $300 travel stipend and the school’s contribution to her retirement.

Superintendent Bill Mullett told The Press Smith’s benefits are “very standard” and that he did not believe that she received more than what was fit for the position.

Smith has been the district’s treasurer since November 2002 and “looks forward to the next five years” in a community that “feels like family.”

Also during Monday’s meeting:

• Basil Kincaid was presented with a West Jefferson High School diploma. Kincaid dropped out of high school to enroll in the Navy in 1951 and serve during the Korean War. Kincaid served four years in the military but did not return to school after his discharge.

Kincaid proudly shook the hands of the members of the board and said that applying for his diploma was something that his wife had pushed him to do for years.

• High school principal Dave Metz informed the board that the Franklin County prosecutor will be coming to talk to students about the dangers of “sexting” on March 10. Middle and high schoolers will attend the presentation, but at separate times, so the information can be tailored for the appropriate age group.

• Mullett reported he has been talking with West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin and Jeff Pfeil, president of the West Jefferson Community Association, about passing the ownership of Garrette Park to the village. Although there is no definitive plan yet, Mullett indicated that he will continue to talk with Martin and Pfeil about the matter.

• Changes in state legislation will effect the school’s discipline when it comes to truancy. House Bill 410, taking effect April 6, shifts the focus in monitoring truancy from number of days absent to the number of hours. If a student misses 30 consecutive hours, 42 hours in a month or 72 hours in a school year, they are considered legally truant. Suspension and expulsion will no longer be permissible forms of punishment for truancy.

By Erin Thompson

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