Will Schofield was approved unanimously for a 3-year contract extension as superintendent of Hall County Schools at Monday’s board of education meeting.
The board approved a new contract for Schofield, who has been superintendent for 11 years. The new contract is from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019.
Schofield will earn $209,670.29 for the current school year. Salary increases for the other two years of the contract will be equal to the percentage increase received by classroom teachers.
Board member Bill Thompson, who retired from the schools before becoming a board member, said the district is getting a bargain.
“From where we have been to where we are and to where we are going is tremendous,” Thompson said.
Schofield also can earn an additional $3,000 per year if he meets the annual goals agreed to by the board and him each year.
The contract calls for assessing the superintendent each year. He may be dismissed for cause with a list of 10 reasons for such a decision. The superintendent may be fired if the board pays all the remaining salary and benefits he would have earned through the end of the contract.
Schofield came back to the district as deputy superintendent for one year before becoming superintendent.
He was principal at West Hall Middle School for one year in the late 1990s.
Schofield also has been superintendent in Social Circle city schools and in Bozeman, Mont.
The board also approved Carroll Daniel as construction manager for three projects that will be built in the next year. They are re-roofing; heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation and renovations at Flowery Branch Elementary, renovations to the gym at West Hall High School for a classroom, new locker rooms and new restrooms and a new building at Lanier Charter Career Academy that would provide additional space for the school and a new home for the district’s technology department.
The largest project is the new building at LCCA, which will have 28,000 square feet of space. About 20 percent of the building will be for expanded programs at LCCA for programs such as welding and industrial mechanics.
The technology department is at Academies of Discovery, and its space is needed for the move of South Hall Middle School back to that facility in 2018-19.
Aaron Turpin, director of technology, told the board in September the technology department needs to move to the new facility in December 2017.
Schofield said Monday work on the new building would start as soon as the plans are ready.
The new building will be constructed behind the current LCCA and the Department of Labor building along Atlanta Highway. Construction is expected to take about eight months.
The work at West Hall is expected to take about six months and should be ready when school opens for the 2017-18 year in August.
In other business
• The board approved spending $450,000 to buy hard-copy books for the district’s media centers and for e-books. Half of the money will come from the district’s reserves and half from special purpose local option sales tax funds. Schofield noted it is “a significant increase over last year” when the district spent about $353,000.
• Teachers and principals from three elementary schools reported on a trip teachers took this summer to Mexico to visit an area that is home to many parents of students in the Hall County Schools. One of the main reasons for the trip was to establish relationships with universities in that area so that graduate students and professors might come to Hall County as visiting teachers. Schofield, and others, noted the district has a goal for 2020 of graduating 30 percent of its students with bilingual seals on diplomas, signifying fluency in two languages. “We do have to have a pipeline” of teachers coming here from Mexico to teach Spanish, he said.