By ERIC SCHAADT
NORTH BALTIMORE — The North Baltimore school board on Tuesday reached to Dennison for a new superintendent.
By unanimous vote, the board gave Ryan Delaney a three-year contact with a base salary of $91,000.
Since 2007, Delaney has been superintendent of Claymont City Schools in Dennison and Uhrichsville, in Tuscarawas County. He was being paid $90,157 per year at Claymont, where the school board gave him a five-year contract extension last year.
“I think it will be a good hire,” North Baltimore school board President Tami Thomas said, pointing to Delaney’s experience and “enthusiasm.”
North Baltimore Superintendent Marlene North will step down in June.
Twenty-one people applied for the North Baltimore post. The field was narrowed to three finalists.
Delaney was not at Tuesday’s session in North Baltimore since he was attending a Claymont school board meeting.
Prior to taking the Claymont post, Delaney was a teacher and then an elementary school principal for Ashland City Schools, and an elementary principal at Newark City Schools.
A Wooster native, Delaney earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Akron University, where he had a football scholarship. He earned a master’s degree in administration and a superintendent’s certificate from Ashland University.
Delaney and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children.
In other matters Tuesday, North Baltimore High School Principal Bob Falkenstein updated the board on the effort to upgrade the district’s grade point average calculation and honors programs.
The current policy is more than 25 years old, according to the principal. The district is looking to toughen its standards in this area, and a committee recently held a public meeting.
“The committee gave me 13 points of direction … for me to investigate,” Falkenstein said.
The committee suggested that any changes not affect next year’s seniors, he added.
A second public meeting will be held in a month.
Separately, school officials reminded families that the drop-off zone in front of the high school/middle school is only for buses right before and after school.
A smaller, circular drop-off zone beyond the front entrance can be used by others from 7:40 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 2:40 p.m. to 3 p.m. during school days.
In other business, the school board:
• Held closed executive sessions for the stated purposes of discussing personnel and property matters.
• Heard that a survey has been posted on the school’s website to obtain public feedback on the use of “blizzard bags” to make up for school days lost to winter weather.
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