The Chagrin Falls Board of Education approved several new hires and authorized 2-percent raises for a number of administrators and exempt employees at its June 19 meeting.

Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives Christopher Woofter introduced the board to new middle school social studies teacher Marisa Conte and AP physics teacher Mackinzie Price.

A 2016 Notre Dame College graduate, Ms. Conte was selected out of 249 applicants for the job and taught seventh grade social studies and English at St. Anselm in Chester Township for the past two years, Mr. Woofter said. Her salary will be $49,485 annually.

“Marisa stood out because of her confidence, her growth, some of her screening scores and her teaching assessments, her creativity, her innovation and really some leadership skills she demonstrated in teacher service,” Mr. Woofter said. “You can tell she really understood the whole child and wanted to communicate and connect with kids and really has a heart for teaching.”

Mr. Price graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics and creative writing from Allegheny College and just completed a master’s of teaching program at the University of Pittsburgh. He formerly worked in the aerospace manufacturing industry with experience in machining, programming and engineering, Mr. Woofter said, and also gained knowledge of teaching mainstream and AP students during an internship at a Pittsburgh high school. His annual salary will be $48,224.

“(The science staff was) very impressed with his content knowledge and feel very strongly that he has a very bright future and is a continuation of a very strong program,” Superintendent Robert Hunt said.

Mr. Hunt said the 2-percent salary increases for administrators and exempt staff for the 2019-20 school year are consistent with similar increases approved for teachers and classified staff members through the current contract.

Chagrin Falls High School Principal Monica Asher’s new annual salary will be $119,126; Chagrin Falls Middle School Principal Laila Discenza will receive $105,590; Gurney Elementary School Principal Rachel Jones will receive $120,846; Gurney Assistant Principal Curtis Howell’s new salary is $87,720 and Chagrin High Assistant Principal Amanda Rassi’s salary will be $93,840.

Athletic Director Charles Barch will now receive $88,403; Director of Technology and Information Systems Michael Daugherty’s salary increases to $119,374; Food Service Supervisor Marti Jacobson will receive $56,195 annually; and Transportation Supervisor Michael Morgan’s salary increases to $74,909. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Becky Quinn and Mr. Woofter will receive increases to $119,374 and Assistant Superintendent Lisa Shannon’s new salary is $122,753.

Exempt employees receiving raises include Assistant Athletic Coordinator David Bargar, receiving $42,840, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Curriculum Angel James, $46,461, Makerspace Implementer of Technology David Kimball, $34,680, Fiscal Specialist Jill Koval, $50,949, Systems Support Technician Adrian Rus, $39,780, and Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent Barbara Wilson, $58,609.

The board also approved the hiring of full time bus mechanic John Feddor, who previously worked in the district as a custodian, at a rate of $24.68 per hour, approved the employment of Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent Beth Sanfrey to also serve as EMIS coordinator with an annual salary of $52,000 and increased the base salary of Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations Delia Barth to $45,500 to compare similarly to other administrative assistants in the central office.

Tim Tedeschi covers the Solon and West Geauga Board of Education, as well as statewide education issues, sports and features. He is a lifelong diehard Cleveland Indians fan and a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University.

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