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Howland to auction ex-North Road school

District superintendent gets 7 percent raise over five years

HOWLAND — The empty North Road Intermediate School building will be auctioned later this year.

The Howland Board of Education has approved the sale of the building by McGuire Auctioneers / II Seasons Realty. An official date for the auction of the building and other personal property has not been set, but Superintendent Kevin Spicher said he expects it will take place in late April or early May.

The building has been out of use for about 2 1/2 years since the fifth grade moved to Howland Middle School, Spicher said.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward funding a new high school auditorium, according to district treasurer Samantha Pochedly.

Pochedly said the auditorium will cost more than what will be generated through the sale, but “it’s a start.”

The board of education also approved a new five-year contract for Spicher, effective Aug. 1, 2022, through July 31, 2027. Spicher will receive a 7 percent raise over the course of five years.

Spicher’s current annual salary is $112,500, according to Pochedly.

In August, Spicher will receive a 5 percent raise to $118,125, then in August 2025 he will receive a 1 percent raise to $119,306 and the following year he will receive another 1 percent raise to $120,499.

Spicher has been the superintendent for eight years, according to board President Julie Altawil, who said the average superintendent stays at one district for just five to six years.

“We are very pleased that Mr. Spicher has accepted another five-year contract. He has continued to keep the district moving forward with all of the changes evolving in education,” Altawil said, adding Spicher has compassion for the students and is willing to make the hard calls.

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