GIBSON CITY — The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley School board approved multi-year contract extensions for the school district’s administrators during its meeting Monday night.
Superintendent Jeremy Darnell received a five-year contract through the 2023-24 school year. Darnell will receive an annual salary of $129,780 in the upcoming school year with salary increases culminating in a $151,738 salary in 2023-24.
“I’m happy to be serving GCMS for the next five years,” Darnell said at the meeting. “It’s a great place, and I wouldn’t want to do this job in any other place right now.”
GCMS High School Principal Chris Garard was also granted a five-year contract through the 2023-24 school year. Garard will be paid $96,229 in the upcoming school year and $108,225 by 2023-24. Garard’s retirement date of June 30, 2024, was also approved by the board.
GCMS Middle School Principal Kyle Bielfeldt received a three-year contract. Bielfeldt will be paid $78,000 in the 2019-20 school year and $83,023 in the 2021-22 school year.
GCMS Elementary School Principal Justin Kean received a three-year contract through the 2021-22 school year. Kean will be given an annual salary of $93,917 in the 2019-20 school year and $89,989 in the 2021-22 school year.
Erin Nuss, the district’s curriculum director, was given a three-year contract through the 2021-22 school year. Nuss will receive a salary of $83,200 in 2019-20 and $89,989 in 2021-22.
The district’s assistant principals — Mike Allen (high school) and Staci Lindelof (elementary school) — were granted one-year contracts for the 2019-20 school year. Allen will receive a salary of $77,979, while Lindelof will be paid $62,400.
Friday appointed to board
Also Monday, board members unanimously appointed Janna Friday to the board.
Friday, a 2000 GCMS High School graduate who works as a cashier at the Bank of Gibson City, replaced longtime board member Steve Swearingen, who resigned in February.
Friday will serve a two-year term through the April 2021 election.
Swearingen’s name was included on the April consolidated election ballot as his resignation was received too late to remove him from the ballot. As a result, Swearingen submitted his resignation to the board, which accepted it Monday night.
Meanwhile, no changes were made to board leadership. Board President Josh Johnson, Vice President Phil Whitehouse and Secretary Tyler Young will stay in their respective positions through April 2021.
Also at the meeting:
➜ Board members approved an amended budget for the 2018-29 school year. Darnell said at last month’s meeting that the amended budget reflects the district’s tax appeals case with One Earth Energy.
➜ The board granted high school special education teacher Veronica Kirkpatrick’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year along with a 6 percent salaried increase with $5 less every year.
➜ The board accepted Sandy Freehill’s retirement, effective May 31.
➜ The board accepted Elizabeth Maske’s resignation, effective at the end of the current school year.
➜ Board members approved a maternity leave request for Ashley Schwenk for 10 weeks and four days beginning Aug. 19 and a two-week paternity leave request for Michael Schwenk.
➜ Caity Heap was approved as a 2019 summer school instructor with Allison Case and Brooke Fairfield serving as paraprofessionals for the same time period.
➜ Stephanie Bialka was hired as a special education teacher at GCMS Middle School.
➜ Rachel Ballard was hired as a special education teacher.
➜ Jori Maynard was hired as an elementary school teacher.