Southington superintendent turns in resignation

SOUTHINGTON – In his second year as superintendent for Southington Schools, John McMahan submitted his resignation Thursday to the board of education.

McMahan, of Rock Creek, will continue in the position through July 31.

Board of education President Bob Baugher said the board will meet to discuss options including whether to hire a full-time, part-time or shared superintendent.

The announcement came after a lengthy executive session at the board meeting.

In 2012, McMahan was selected from 30 applicants following the retirement in June of that year of Frank Danso, who served for seven years in Southington. Danso now is superintendent for Niles City Schools.

McMahan, who received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University, is finishing his doctoral degree. He did not say what his plans were.

This will be the third Trumbull County district seeking a superintendent this year, with Richard Buchenic retiring from Hubbard Local Schools and William Pfahler retiring from Lordstown Local Schools. Both superintendents are retiring this summer. Pfahler had at one time also served as superintendent for Southington Schools.

In another matter, having had to use 10 calamity days in the past three months for various reasons, the board approved a ”blizzard bags” calamity day alternative make-up plan in which students are given work for three days missed from all classes.

Students will have two weeks to complete the work.

Baugher said the state has discussed granting school districts extra calamity snow days this year.

School districts normally receive five calamity days from the state, but due to severe cold weather and snowfall, additional days beyond the five have been considered.

In other action, the board:

Accepted the resignation of athletic director Terry Kelly effective May 29 after serving two years;

Approved sports participation fee of $100 per sport for spring sports with a cap of $300 maximum per year. Spring sports include baseball, softball and track. The fee is the same as last year;

Approved the 2014-15 school calendar with first day for students Aug. 25, and last day May 28, 2015, with graduation on May 24;

Purchased two 72-passenger schools buses at $80,049 each from Myers Equipment Corp., which will replace two other buses that were disposed of;

Approved the eSchool View Hosting contract for web hosting for three years at $1,818 each year of the contract. Web hosting is E-Rate eligible;

Approved various student field trips for the remainder of the school year with transportation provided by the PTO for elementary grades, and Beta Club and Junior Achievement for high school grades