“Neither of those jobs, the middle-school principal or the high-school principal, will exist when the new school year starts. Those positions have been consolidated into a 6-12 head principal and a 6-12 assistant principal.”
— Steve Richards, Superintendent Seymour R-II School District
When it comes to grades six through 12 at the Seymour R-II School District, there will be a new look next fall with building principals.
No longer will there be a high-school principal for grades nine through 12 and a middle-school principal for grades six through eight.
Instead, there will be a head principal and an assistant principal for all seven grades.
That decision was made last Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Seymour R-II Board of Education, which approved the new administrative plan in a 7-0 vote.
“It’s all part of an administrative restructuring plan for the district that we believe benefits everyone,” Superintendent Steve Richards explained. “Of course, the biggest change is at the middle and high schools, where we’re moving from a model of having two principals — one for the middle school and one for the high school — to a model of having a head principal and an assistant principal.”
As part of the restructuring, salary ranges were set for all of the district’s administrative heads.
For the head principal for grades six through 12, the salary range is between $75,000 and $90,000 annually.
There also is a schedule for salary increases if the principal is rehired.
For the head principal of the middle and high schools, that annual salary increase is 1.75 percent.
“Technically, it’s an annual step,” Richards said.
“As opposed to the past, where the range varied in terms of an annual salary increase for a principal, that rate now is set. There now is consistency.”
The salary range for the assistant principal is between
$55,000 and $65,000 annually.
The annual salary step is 1.5 percent.
By consolidating the middle- and high-school principal posts into a single office with a head and assistant principal serving the 6-12 student body, Richards said that technically, both positions will be eliminated.
“Neither of those jobs, the middle-school principal or the high-school principal, will exist when the new school year starts,” he said. “Those positions have been consolidated into a 6-12 head principal and a 6-12 assistant principal.”
Currently, the principal at Seymour High School is Jason Duey, whose annual salary is $72,600.
The principal at Seymour Middle School is Brian Bell, whose annual salary is $91,817.
“Our principals officially will be offered contracts at the (school) board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11,” he noted. “I would anticipate that at least one of these jobs (under the new plan for grades six through 12) will be filled at that meeting, maybe both positions.”
As part of the new administrative plan, the elementary principal, who oversees the Seymour Elementary School and students in grades kindergarten through fi ve, will have a salary range of $65,000 to $75,000. The annual salary step will be 1.65 percent.
Leslie Penner-Davis is the current elementary principal.
She currently earns $68,010 annually.
The district’s pre-school and Title I administrator wasn’t given a salary range; however, the annual salary step for the position was set at 1.5 percent.
Currently, Julie Ervin fills this role for the district and is paid $67,500 annually.
“Contracts (for the next school year) for these two positions also are set to be offered at the board’s meeting in February,” Richards said.
Also part of the administrative salary schedule was the superintendent’s annual step, which was set at 2 percent. The base salary is negotiable.
Board member Brad Leonard made the motion to approve the new salary schedule for administration after the restructuring, which was seconded by Josh Wright. All seven members of the school board voted in favor of the motion, which becomes effective on July 1, the start of the 2021-22 school year.
The next meeting of the school board arrives at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the district’s middle- and high-school media center on East Clinton Avenue (Business 60).