Duncan, Hagemeyer get new three-year contracts

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:10 PM

The Norwalk school board voted to approve the three-year administrative contracts of principals Robert Duncan and James Hagemeyer during its Tuesday night meeting.

Duncan, the principal of Norwalk High School since 2000, joined the district in 1995 as the high school assistant principal. He said his goals for NHS are to maintain the "excellent" status designated by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for the 2006-2007 academic year and improve state scores and ACTs.

Hagemeyer's employment with the district began in 1993 when was the Norwalk Middle School assistant principal. He has been the principal since 2000.

"Our test goals are our No. 1 priority," said Hagemeyer, who wants to see the ODE designate his school as "excellent" before he retires. "We're striving to do that."

Neither principal received a raise with the new contract. (The salaries of all administrators for Norwalk City Schools are listed at the end of this story.)

Board member Janet Broz was the only dissenting vote in renewing the two contracts, which run from this year through 2011. She said after the meeting her vote was against Duncan and "nothing personal" against Hagemeyer, whom she said "is doing a good job at the middle school."

"I pray about the decision and I can't in good conscience and faith vote for Mr. Duncan," Broz said. When asked to clarify, she said: "That's all I have to say."

She voted in favor of Duncan when he initially was the assistant principal and then principal.

In other news:

The board honored retiring teachers Deborah Herwick, of Maplehurst Elementary School, and Donald Klausing, who was a guidance counselor at St. Paul High School and then at Main Street School.

Herwick taught for 35 years and first came to Norwalk in 1974. She first was a special education teacher and retired as a fourth-grade teacher.

Klausing, whose career spanned 42 years, taught English and O.W.A. for nine years in Indiana before coming to Norwalk.

"He added a lot, working with the youngsters at Main Street School," Superintendent Wayne Babcanec said.

The district will make up its sixth snow day on Thursday, June 5. The teacher work day will move to the following day.

The second annual alumni gathering will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at the NHS main gymnasium.

"It's going to be an athletic theme," Babcanec said. "I think it will be bigger and better than last year. And last year was very successful."

School Administrator salaries

The Norwalk City Schools approved new contracts for principals Robert Duncan and James Hagemeyer on Tuesday. Last month, the board gave new contracts for Superintendent Wayne Babcanec and Assistant Superintendent Michael Gordon. Here are the current salaries for the district’s administrators.

Wayne Babcanec superintendent $105,195

Dustin Brown director of support services $67,848

Lynn Cole pupil services administrator $26,407

Brad Cooley high school assistant principal $75,199

Robert Duncan high school principal $96,627

Kenneth France treasurer $71,240

Sandra Sue Goodsite curriculum director $87,204

Michael Gordon assistant superintendent $98,890

James Hagemeyer middle school principal $90,276

Paul Hiszem director of pupil services $34,989

Dorothea Miller food service administrator $37,380

Kenneth Moore League Elementary principal $74,777

Jacqueline Nemtiz Maplehurst Elementary principal $80,029

Kirk Pavelich Main Street Elementary principal $82,490

David Rehnborg director of student activities $75,199

V. Janice Smith Pleasant Elementary principal $72,509

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