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July 11, 2014

Greater Clark head gets another year

Andrew Melin, superintendent, earns contract extension

JEFFERSONVILLE — Greater Clark County Schools’ superintendent got another year tacked onto his contract following the board’s superintendent review results at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The board revealed that Andrew Melin, superintendent, received a highly effective rating on his review. Per his original contract’s terms, the rating grants him an automatic one-year extension, putting his contract’s expiration date at June 30, 2017.

Mark Pavey, board president, said all seven board members were involved in the review and felt good about the progress Melin had made for the district in the last year.

“I think the board members are all very happy with the year he’s had,” Pavey said. “He’s a man of high integrity and he’s very involved in the community. I think we all feel like he’s making good progress and that’s reflected in his rating.”

Pavey said the evaluation tool Greater Clark used was the same one developed by the Indiana School Boards Association. It gauged Melin’s performance on rubrics in several different categories, including leadership and corporation accountability.

CATCHING THE RADIO WAVES

Charlestown High School is closer to putting its students on the radio waves after Tuesday’s meeting.

The board unanimously approved a resolution and an interlocal agreement with the City of Charlestown for a low-powered FM frequency, giving the district its own broadcast radio station and program. The agreement still has to pass through the Common Council of the city of Charlestown. Sandra Lewis, district legal council, said that’s likely to appear on their agenda for its next meeting in August.

“We’re just delightedly excited,” Lewis said. “We think this is a great thing for the students, but we will also work with the constituents of our different school communities for broadcasting opportunities.”

Dan James, At-large council member, said he hasn’t seen the city’s version of the agreement yet. Bob Hall, mayor, was contacted for comment, but wasn’t available by press time.

Melin said the district would need to purchase a tower, transmitter and install studios in each of the three high schools, totaling about $60,000.

“We believe we could be broadcasting, have students ready to go by the start of the next school year,” Melin said. “We’ll have to build some studios, we’re prepared financially to do that.”

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