December 21, 2014

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Positive evaluations lead to raises for Midview administrators

Scott Goggin

Scott Goggin

Nicole Spriggs

Nicole Spriggs

GRAFTON — Midview school board members are expected to give both Superintendent Scott Goggin and Treasurer Nicole Spriggs a modest pay increase following favorable evaluations of both administrators.

Spriggs and Goggin are to receive increases of $3,000 a year in base pay, effective Aug. 1. Both will assume increases in health care contributions, which will bring them in line with changes made to all of the other employee groups.

The evaluations and proposed contract amendments for both will be discussed at a school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. today. Other proposed changes for Spriggs include the addition of an educational allowance of $3,000 a year, vacation time set to 25 days a year and severance pay, if needed, set to 85 days.

Spriggs said when she was hired in 2012, she was completing her master’s degree and tuition reimbursement was not included in the contract. The allowance will cover any future classes or continuing education courses.

In the evaluations, the board looked at how well Goggin and Spriggs performed their jobs for the 2013-14 school year. It was Goggin’s first year on the job and Spriggs’ second as treasurer.

The evaluations were done in executive session on July 23.

Goggin was lauded for his efforts to work with teachers and staff as well as his openness with board members, community members, parents and students.

“Scott focuses on the staff and getting to know them, which helps with determining their strengths and weaknesses and knowing which position someone would be good in,” according to the summary of his evaluation. “Even the students from the school district know who the superintendent is.”

The summary touched on how Goggin has reorganized the schools, which led to North and West elementary schools combining as kindergarten through fourth-grade buildings, his involvement with negotiations with both the Midview Education Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees that were completed without legal representation and his plans to improve tests scores in the district.

“Scott is working with the staff on focusing on a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset,” the summary said. “Scott is focused on continuing the building of the school district and to align the goals of the school district with the staff for everyone to have a sense of ownership.”

The summary did not articulate any areas of growth for the superintendent.

“The Board appreciates the dedication that Mrs. Spriggs has to her position, but the Board would like her to enjoy more of her weekends,” the summary said.

Like Goggins, Spriggs was lauded for her work on the collective bargaining agreements, including changes to the district’s health care policies. Spriggs said single employee plans will save $900 a year and family plans will save the district $3,000 a year.

The board said Spriggs works well with her staff.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.