Supt. McAran agrees to stay on job 2015.07.22

By DAVID GREEN

Morenci's Superintendent of Schools Mike McAran has agreed to stay with the district for another five years—unless the board asks him to leave before that time.

McAran, who retired from leading the Tecumseh district, joined Morenci for the 2013-14 school year. His contract renewal will keep him with the district through June 30, 2020.

"Anytime you wish to end the contract, that's your prerogative," he told board members at the July 14 meeting. "You might want to change directions in the future."

McAran said he doesn't need to work and it's not about money anymore. The district pays him $50,000 annually—far less than what superintendents in the area earn.

"It's been fun, believe it or not," he said. "We have a good working relationship and I've enjoyed it."

He told the board that his job can be performed only so long before the number of people who get mad at you grows too large. 

The board also voted to extend by one year the contracts of five administrators through June 30, 2017.

Building engineer Tim Kruse, finance director Erica Metcalf, elementary school principal Gail Frey, secondary principal Kim Irish and assistant principal Phil Stark were all given one-year extensions.

Board member Phil McCaskey opposed the extensions, with the exception of Stark's contract that includes an increase in hours.

"If we get in a position where we don't want the person, then we're bound by a contract," McCaskey said. "It takes power away from the board."

He said that adding on to a contract that already exists isn't practiced in the workplace and he doesn't think the school should engage in it.

Board president Scott Merillat disagreed, stating that it's rather common in many businesses to give company leaders assurance of where they will be in a year.

McAran explained that the contracts are all performance-based and employees can be dismissed with proper notice, despite a contract.

"With financial problems, you can do just about anything you need to do," he said.

By her own preference, athletic director Kay Johnson was given a one-year contract through June 30, 2016, with the stipulation that she must give the board notice by March 1 about whether or not she wants to return for another year.

COACH—School board members hired Lawanda Jo Borchardt to serve as head volleyball coach. Four people applied for the job. The Adrian resident was the junior varsity coach at Sand Creek last year and was instrumental in the operation of the YMCA's Hitters volleyball program.

Nick Wilson was hired as a varsity assistant football coach. The board approved an overnight trip for the varsity girls basketball team for participation in a tournament in Ft. Wayne, Ind.