It appears that Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey plans to stick around Depew for a few more years.
The Depew School Board this week extended Rabey’s employment contract from July 1 through June 30, 2019. The measure also freezes Rabey’s salary at $160,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.
The superintendent’s base salary will then increase by 1.5 percent in each subsequent year of the agreement or any future contract extension. The board also may grant Rabey merit pay based on performance, an amount that would be determined on an annual basis.
Earlier this year, Rabey interviewed for the head position of the Hamburg Central School District, but he withdrew his name from consideration, saying he planned to stay in Depew.
Several residents expressed frustration that the measure was slipped into the consent agenda, which consisted of 28 items that were acted upon with one vote. They felt that the item should have been separated for further discussion.
Former board member Diane Benczkowski, who now serves on the Cheektowaga Town Board, said that instead of extending the contract, a new one should have been negotiated.
“I’ve always felt that we shouldn’t be adding more to the contract,” she said.
While top leadership remains, the face of the district is about to change, as trustees approved a new district logo.
In January, officials invited students, staff and parents from the district’s three schools to submit ideas.
The focus was the district’s vision statement: Provide an engaging learning environment focused on achieving excellence.
The chosen design features the familiar Wildcat mascot and a winding road, which symbolizes the journey of the educational process.
District Clerk Jessica Neischel said that the logo soon will be available for viewing on the district’s website, www.depewschools.org.
Also during the meeting, members appointed Brian Wilson as the district’s athletic coordinator, effective from July 1 through June 30, 2015. The board also named next year’s slate of coaches, including varsity cheerleading coach Tracy Walinski and junior varsity coach Megan Bible. Each will lead the cheerleaders for football in the fall and basketball in the winter.
This spring, the state Regents approved cheerleading as an interscholastic sport, meaning it will have its own certified coaches and competitions.
The board’s reorganization meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 8 in the cafeteria at the high school, 5201 Transit Road.