Norwalk names interim school superintendent

Sue Goodsite would have been offered the job had it not been for a breakdown in communication among the board members, Linder says.
Cary Ashby
Jul 29, 2014

 

Norwalk City Schools named Huron resident Will Folger as its interim superintendent Tuesday.

"I'm very excited to be here. I'm excited to join the Norwalk education family," said Folger, who retired Dec. 31 as the superintendent from Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools after nine years on the job. "I'm really looking forward to continuing the positive direction the district has taken the last several years."

Folger, whose one-year contract starts Friday, is taking over for Dennis Doughty, who is retiring Thursday after 38 years in various local positions. He was Norwalk's superintendent for five years. On Friday, Doughty starts his newest job as the president of Norwalk Catholic School.

"I've known him for a long time. He'll do a very good job for the district," Doughty said about Folger.

The school board voted 3-2 for Folger's hiring effective Friday through June 30. Board president John Lendrum and board members Kevin Cashen and Rob Ludwig were the supporting voters while Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voted against hiring Folger.

After the special board meeting, Linder told the Reflector that Sue Goodsite, Norwalk's assistant superintendent and director of curriculum and grants, "was the last man standing" and on Saturday, the board "was supposed to hire Sue Goodsite as the superintendent and Will Folger as her assistant."

"We agreed Sue would get the job," Linder added.

It's unclear why Goodsite didn't get the job, but Linder said there was a breakdown in communication among the board members. (For more about the situation, read the sidebar in Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector.)

Lendrum was asked why the board decided to hire an interim superintendent.

"We didn't have a wide range of candidates we were hoping to see," he said.

Also, given the short time period to make a hiring decision and superintendents' commitment to their districts, Linder said it became obvious Norwalk needed an interim after the second round of interviews.

The board president said the important thing to know is Folger will best serve the Norwalk students, staff and school system "until we hire a superintendent with a long-term commitment to the district." Folger, who has 40 years of various education experience, said he was looking for interim jobs after his retirement and if Norwalk hadn't hired him, he likely would be working elsewhere.

Lendrum said the board plans to re-advertise the superintendent position "in the early winter," go through the interviewing process and hire someone by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

For the full story, as well as the sidebar involving Goodsite, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector or read the e-paper. So you don't miss stories such as this one, you can subscribe to the Norwalk Reflector to receive home delivery and/or the e-paper, which is a complete digital replica of each issue. For more information, call (419) 668-3771 or click HERE.

Comments

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eat my shorts

Swiss, You're so silly!

JACKEL

So would Sue ! They still have to pay their retirement and medical.

Kobayashi Maru

Swissy - I don't think he wants to do this long term - hence the term interim. I believe he's holding the job for the next person, who probably won't be Sue. They will start looking sooner and hope they get better choices for next school year.

I just hope they sit him down, show him the budget and how much money he has to spend this year, and make sure he stays within it. Oh wait, that's your line!

swiss family

you have to admit it is a pretty good line otherwise you would not be stealing it....right???

Kobayashi Maru

You got me!

kal-el

Swiss, those districts you are citing are significantly smaller operations than Norwalk City, Willard included. Try an apples-to-apples comparison, like Sandusky City. What do you know, they have an Asst Super.

swiss family

OK lets compare them to Sandusky... do you know how much the Super and the Assist Super make??? compared to Norwalk??? I hope that you do... I did my homework.. I would hope that you did yours.. then take it further.. go to Cleveland school systems.. you know the challenges they would face and compare what the Supers and Assist Supers make there compared to Norwalk.... do you think those salaries seem fair???? I think your questions are legitimate.. I would seek out the answers and see if the quarter of a million dollars that we spend is worth the money we spend compared what the Sandusky school system has to pay and the Cleveland school systems have to pay out

kal-el

You jump from Sandusky City to Cleveland City? Are you kidding me?

Bottom line: comparing Norwalk to Plymouth, Monroeville, and St. Joe's is hardly apples to apples. Norwalk and Sandusky have more students in their high schools than Monroeville has K-12 and St. Joe's doesn't even have a Superintendent.

swiss family

and Edison??? and Western???

swiss family

come on .. do your homework... you throw crap out there without any facts... get with it...look up and see what Sandusky Supers and Vice supers get paid, then gradually go to larger schools and see what they get paid compared to Norwalk, and see if Norwalk is paying too much money for the job we are getting.. I think we are

keystone

Swiss...You keep advocating that we do not need an asst. supt. Do you realize that if the board had given the job to Sue Goodsite, they could have eliminated the position of asst. supt. therefore reducing the payroll as you suggest.

I think you are on to something. Maybe you could run for the board and help Linder and Ritzenthaler out. I doubt if the other three would've gone for that but it is an excellent idea.

ISPSP

After reading the "side bar" in the hard copy..... As a board, how can two members think they are interviewing Mr. Folger as an assistant superintendent only to find during the executive session he was being interviewed for superintendent? Mr. Lendrum.... It is appropriate to comment on the issue.

keystone

Mr. Lendrum...it is appropriate for you to comment on the issue. That is unless you have something to hide.

Is it true that you called and offered Sue the position of Supt. on Sunday only to have the offer raked out from under her by Monday WITHOUT telling her? Is this ethical?

Is this the way you would want to be treated?

Sounds like the entire board was NOT informed of your intentions or actions. I thought there were 5 members on the board elected to make decisions, not just 3. No wonder there was a 3 - 2 vote. How can the 2 who voted against it be expected to vote on something they had no input in?

Can't wait for the 2015 elections.

ISPSP

Me either....

kal-el

I just wonder why Swiss is so jealous of everyone else's accomplishments and the fact that they have risen in their organizations. Didn't get a promotion you were expecting? Do you even work at all? Weren't you all in a bunch because you thought Sue was going to be handed the job? What exactly would make you happy?

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eat my shorts

kal-el, I truly feel your pain, I really do. I am very grateful for one thing though, and that's knowing Swiss isn't a school board member. Could you imagine?????

ISPSP

+ 1000

swiss family

DrD how is Mikey??? hows the Calendar going???? oh that never gets old... that funny joke has been going for what 7 years in a row and it still makes me double over in laughter......oh that is soooooooo good

swiss family

Kalllleelelll.... how am I jealous of anyone's accomplishments??? I just never remember a time when people retired and then "came back from the dead" so to speak" I remember when my ancestors retired.. that meant that they QUIT working.. when did the definition change????and for the record I wasn't "in a bunch" that "sue" was going to be handed the job..Like I said before I do not know her , would not recognize her if she walked up to me, except for the hair that is so distinguishable by the picture in the paper.. I just firmly believe that when people retire.. it means that they feel that they have done enough.. there work years are behind them and they want to slow down.. it might even be different if she were working in a factory, but since she will be responsible for the areas children, and if she really feels her best years are over and she wants to slow down, by all means do so, open a gift shop, a taco stand, a concession stand anything that does not involve the kids on a daily basis because you obviously, by what I think is my interpretation of what retirement means said you are done with that time in your life.. so move on...so SUE got handed the Assistant job... do you hear me "all in a bunch?????"... no you don't I did get tired of the game of the school board pretending like there was some big mystery as to who was going to be named.... it is narrowed down to 19 now to 11 now to 9 OH please, for piss sake we all know who are going to be in the final 3 just get on with it already

swiss family

I just wonder why all of you can not accept the fact that your candidate did not get the top position???do things always have to go your way, or you will be angry??? have a tantrum?? threaten to vote people out???NEXT YEAR???? she is still in there by the way, in the #2 spot...after she retired and all, but you can not accept the fact that the school board, the [people who the community vote on and elect to represent them in school matters, voted differently than you would like........wwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!! didn't your Mommy's ever tell you that as you get older you have to show some dignity?? some class?? that not everything will always go the way you want it to??? do you want me to give you my Moms phone number , she will explain that to you.. just like she explained that to me when I was about in second grade...so you see where you say Kal el.. that I was all in a bunch because I thought Sue was going to be handed the job... well, well, well look how the tides have turned... look who is all in a bunch because they thought Sue was going to be handed the job......hahahahahahahahahaah grow the he!! up!!!!!

freespeech1

Because he made pizzas for a living. Dale I mean swiss is jealous of everyone. So you must forgive him, he hates everyone even Catholics. Hmm wonder why.

JACKEL

They always say if you want your family ancestry, run for public office ! Does the poor guy have skeletons already ?

Kottage Kat

If it weren't for double dipping, there would be no Walmart Greeters.

Kottage Kat

My grandfather sold his business and retired. Then due to unforeseen circumstances had to COME OUT of retirement and re-enter the working world in the same position.
Sorta blows your theory.
Have a great weekend
Kat

swiss family

didn't you tell us that your family were carnival people??? and your Mom Killed or stabbed your Dad???I don't think there is much of a retirement package for carnival people??? if I am wrong I apologize But I am pretty sure that is what you said on here on several occasions

topfandy

Swiss yes you can check salaries here: http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/... If you look Sanders made $141, 000 and his assistant super. Lenner McDonald made $105,000 in 2013. Doughty and Goodsite made $110,000 and $107,000 respectively in those same years. Norwalk is known to be a district that doesn't pay well. A friend of mine took a pay cut as a teacher going from a Huron County school to Norwalk City. Norwalk will never recruit quality candidates until they are willing to pay for them.

ISPSP

I believe that NCS does have high quality teachers, regardless of what they are being paid.

earlduck

Norwalk has never looked for top teachers,keep it in the family,Duncan is an excellent example

JACKEL

How can you have a breakdown with that few people. Good gravy, maybe with a large group.

PagingSanity

Sue's not just the Asst Super, she's also the curriculum director and writes all of their grants--which is how they get a boatload of their money so it doesn't all come from the local taxpayer. She's good, so she juggles both of those AND fulfills Asst Super jobs. Sue was shafted; I hope they rectify that, with apologies to Sue, next year.

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