Babcanec, Gordon get 3-year contract renewals

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

The Norwalk school board unanimously voted Tuesday to renew the contracts of Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon.

Both Babcanec's and Gordon's new three-year contracts are effective from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2011. There was no discussion about the personnel issue, but Babcanec noted that Gordon's license which had been pending has been processed as of Tuesday. Board member John Lendrum was absent because of a business trip.

Board president Rob Ludwig said the board is excited to have both officials continue their commitment to the school system.

Babcanec shared some of the school's long-range plans after the meeting.

"There's some unfinished business we need to take care of," the superintendent said. "We're looking at some facilities planning and also some strategic planning in the district and I'm looking forward to getting involved in those projects."

Babcanec also is looking forward to settling the separate contract negotiations with the teachers and support staff this year.

In other business:

Board member Scott Truxell, during the public participation portion, commended Babcanec and Gordon for getting up each day about 4 or 4:30 a.m. to check the roads during the winter.

"The decision to delay or cancel (school) is not to inconvenience anyone," Truxell said, emphasizing the moves are done for the safety of the students. "It's not an easy decision to make."

Babcanec advised the board that the district will have to address some modifications to the Norwalk High School soccer field bleachers because of Jared's Law. The state law, named after a boy who was killed after a cafeteria table fell over on him, is enforced by local health department officials.

"It's very far ranging," Babcanec said. "We're going to have to do something because of Jared's Law."

Gordon said some of the bleachers already have "kick boards," but the district may have to purchase others. Babcanec added that the board didn't have to make a decision during Tuesday's meeting, but will have to keep all this information in mind while addressing maintenance issues for the summer.

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