DANVILLE — Danville District 118 School Board President Bill Dobbles pointed to Superintendent Alicia Geddis’ accomplishments in the last two years of leading the district when he asked the board Wednesday night to approve extending her contract three years.
“It’s amazing the number of accomplishments since she came here,” Dobbles said, adding, “She speaks highly of the district.”
Board members unanimously approved the contract, which is retroactive to July 1, 2016, and will run through June 30, 2020. Her salary is $190,000, which was set by the board in November along with other administrative salaries in the district.
Her salary is set at the same amount for the next three years of the contract unless the board approves a pay raise for her. Typically, the superintendent receives a pay raise around the same time as other district administrators.
The three-year contract that was in place when Geddis was hired in 2015 was set to expire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
After the first year of a three-year contract, it is standard procedure for the board to evaluate a superintendent’s performance and extend the contract for another year. The shuttering of Cannon Elementary School and the subsequent reorganization of the entire district last summer prompted the board to postpone Geddis’ evaluation.
Other board members praised Geddis for her work and dedication to the district.
“She had a lofty set of goals when she came here, plus she had to handle the Cannon School situation and district restructuring, which she handled very well,” board member Darlene Halloran said.
Board member the Rev. Thomas Miller noted that the public doesn’t realize all the behind-the-scenes work Geddis does.
Another board member, Dr. Randal Ashton, told Geddis, “All the things you had to deal with the first year were challenging . . . and we’re glad you stayed.”
Board member Lon Henderson told Geddis, “I’m glad you’ve become part of Danville, part of the community.”
Geddis tearfully said, “It is an honor to serve at District 118. I have an amazing administrative team and staff. You guys are amazing and I love you all.”
Also Wednesday, board members:
• Entered into a three-year agreement, retroactive to July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019, with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 399, AFL-CIO, which represents 105 food service workers and assistant managers in the district.
Under the agreement, kitchen helpers, assistant managers, kitchen managers and area supervisors all will contribute $12 per month for insurance managed by the Danville Education Association.
Kitchen helpers/monitors will receive a 50-cent-an-hour raise in 2016-2017, a 25-cent-an-hour raise in 2017-2018 and a 32-cent-an-hour raise in 2018-2019. Assistant managers will receive a 50-cent-an-hour increase in 2016-2017, a 25-cent-an-hour raise in 2017-2018 and a 31-cent-an-hour raise in 2018-2019.
Food service workers will receive two additional paid holidays each calendar year, Christmas and New Year’s Day, for a total of five paid holidays.
Effective in the 2017-2018 school year, food service workers will be issued uniforms annually, consisting of five shirts and five aprons for employees working more than four hours a day, and three shirts and three aprons for employees working less than four hours a day.
• Approved setting the 2016-2017 salaries, retroactive to July 1, 2016, for 12 kitchen managers and two area supervisors. The kitchen managers, who are not covered by the bargaining agreement, will receive raises that are merit based, with the average raise being 50-cents an hour. Two area supervisors, who also are not covered by the agreement, will receive a 75-cent-an-hour increase based on merit and newly added job responsibilities.
• Accepted a bid of $197,872 from Anderson Electric to install heating and air conditioning remote-control monitoring at the high school, which would eliminate physical weekend checks of all the district’s buildings.
Buildings and Grounds Director Skip Truex said some pneumatic controls were missed in the original bidding of the project, explaining, “There are lots of tunnels under the belly of Danville High School.”