HAMMONDSVILLE - The superintendent of the Edison Local School District was discussed during Thursday's board meeting.
Superintendent Bill Beattie was granted a new, five-year contract by the district board 5-0 during the meeting. The contract will run from Aug. 1, 2015, to Aug. 1, 2020. Beattie said the vote occurred during the open meeting.
"It was in open session, and the vote was 5-0," said Beattie. "It also keeps (me) at the current rate of pay. I think that's important for people to know."
Beattie said he believed the district was on track academically, but a new levy still is needed to keep the district afloat.
"Obviously, our main priority is to get financial stability by passing a levy," he said. "Academically we're doing what we need to do. We have the academics in place."
Another priority for the next five years will be further enhancing the district's online academic presence, he added.
"Our focus moving on is incorporating more online blended learning in the school district," Beattie said.
In other matters the board:
Approved the superintendent's recommendation to approve an overnight field trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for the high school band from April 30 to May 2.
Approved the superintendent's recommendation for an overnight field trip to Morristown for the high school agriculture class today.
Approved the superintendent's recommendation to accept the lowest bid for remodeling the press box at Cartright Field, to be paid out of the capital improvement fund. Beattie said funds for the project are coming out of a $350,000 grant the state gave the district and were not local taxpayers' funds. He added the funds must be used, or they will be taken back by the state.