LIBERTY CENTER — The Liberty Center Local Schools Board of Education Monday approved the hiring of its next middle school principal.

The board offered Gregory Radwan a two-year, 220-day contract as the principal from Aug. 1-July 31, 2022. Superintendent Richie Peters added up to a five-day, per diem was requested for Radwan, as administrators are returning to the facilities July 27 to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Radwan is originally from the Buffalo, New York, area and graduated from Gannon University in Pennsylvania. He has since moved to this area and was formerly a dean of student success and athletics director for L. Hollingworth School in Toledo.

“Liberty Center was an intriguing position for me, not only to continue my career, but also be committed to a school district for a long time,” Radwan said Monday. “I’m excited to hit the ground running and help the middle school move forward, and continue the growth of students in Liberty Center.”

Peters said the district received a total of 38 applications for the position. That field was narrowed down to eight candidates, and district committees interviewed the final two applicants chosen.

Peters said the district was led to the decision based on Radwan’s experience in teaching levels and holding dean and athletics director positions. He said the district sought a strong leader with strong communication skills.

“We strongly feel Greg is that person,” Peters said.

Peters said the upcoming school year is going to be a “challenging year for all,” noting the district’s leadership positions will be critical.

In other personnel items, the board:

•Approved Ashley Chapa, intervention specialist, to provide virtual extended school year services to a student for a maximum of five hours per week for six to eight weeks.

•Offered Andrea Dennie a one-year limited contract as intervention specialist for the 2020-21 school year.

•Advanced Pam Righi, elementary guidance counselor, to the Masters +30 column on the negotiated salary schedule, effective the start of the 2020-21 school year.

•Approved an addendum to the administrator contract for Allison Postl, extending the term through July 31, 2024.

•Approved an addendum to the administrator contract for Kaleb Pohlman, extending the term through July 31, 2024.

•Approved the athletic ticket takers’ pay per a presented schedule, and approved the athletics director to hire event help as needed.

•Approved a stipend of $150 to Karen Rettig, who served as a mentor teacher to two Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) preschool teachers for fiscal year 2020. The funds will be received from NwOESC.

•Approved stipends to classroom teachers who served as mentor teachers to students during the 2019-20 school year, including Traci Chapman, Karen Rettig, Kaite Yungmann, Jodi Biederstedt, Nicole Carter, Nick Riley, Patrick O’Dwyer and Amy Spieth. These funds will be received from Bowling Green State University.

•Approved the NwOESC mentor program agreement for the 2020-21 school year.

•Approved a memorandum of understanding with both the Liberty Center Classroom Teachers’ Association (LCCTA) and Local #414 of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees to move the Jan. 1, 2021, payroll date to Jan. 4. The district’s agreements state there will not be more than 26 pay periods made in a year and the scheduled bank holiday would create 27 payments in the given year.

•Approved a memorandum of understanding with the LCCTA to modify the evaluation procedures for bargaining members for the 2019-20 school year. The action is response to modifications to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System through House Bill 197 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

•Approved the NwOESC substitute teacher and paraprofessional list for the 2020-21 school year.

•Approved a one-year administrative salary schedule for the 2020-21 school year. The schedule is effective Aug. 1 and it the agreement states there is an added 2% to the base of the schedule.

•Ratified an agreement with NwOESC to provide extended year services during June and July for approximately 12 hours of speech therapy at $60 per hour and eight hours of occupational therapy at $66 per hour.

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