Lisbon’s new school superintendent officially takes helm

LISBON – The Joe Siefke era has begun at Lisbon schools.

The new superintendent participated in his first school board meeting this week since officially taking over on July 1 for Don Thompson, who retired after 10 years in charge.

Siefke was serving as high school principal, a position he held for the past five years, when the board chose him to succeed Thompson. He has been with the district for the past 25 years.

When it came time for Siefke to deliver his first report as superintendent, he was brief and made light of the adjustment. “I’ve learned where to park and where not to park … and how to rearrange the table for board meetings. All those important things,” he joked.

During the meeting the board agreed to grant 2 percent raises to McKinley Elementary School Principal Dan Kemats, maintenance supervisor Ed Duko, EMIS coordinator Kay Marshalek and administrative assistant Patricia Smith. This will take Kemats to $76,814.

This is the same pay raise the district’s union employees received this year.

The board also:

– Named Ron Witman assistant athletic director and the following people to fall sports coaching positions; Kyle Bing, Bill Meek, Charles Bell, Rich Joy and Dave Rankin, assistant varsity football coaches; Brian Seevers and Dom Defilippo, junior high football coaches; Stacie Cross, assistant volleyball coach; Mary Matthews, eighth-grade volleyball coach; Lauren Glenn, seventh-grade volleyball coach; and Nikol Mundy, junior high cross country coach.

– Named the following people as volunteer coaches: Meredith Deichler, cross country; Lauren Hardenbrook, volleyball; Tom Thayer, Joe Wilson, Todd Brammer and Mike Butream, varsity football; and Joe Chuck, junior high football.

– Contracted with Great Lakes Biomedical for drug-testing services. The service has cost about $8,000 in past years.

– Contracted with R & R Paving for $6,726 to seal and stripe the parking lots at McKinley Elementary and the administration building. The high school parking lot was sealed and striped last year.

– Contracted with Rose Excavating for $15,200 for concrete work at the bus garage.

– Renewed the contract with Lauren Innovations for $2,000 for the Navigate school security program. The money this year will be spent on adding security cameras to the system.

– Renewed the contract with Gardiner for $10,000 to monitor the energy efficiency of the district’s heating and cooling system.

– Renewed the contract with Roth Brothers to maintain the school roofs for $5,216.

– Hired Michael Vargo as sound tech coordinator for $10 an hour. Vargo has and will continue to work when non-school groups use the high school auditorium to ensure the sound system and related equipment is operated properly.

– Agreed to grant the new high school principal and assistant principal – Keith Edenfield and Jake Walgate – up to five “transition” days of compensation each at $250 per day for any days worked between June 11 and July 31. Their contracts begin Aug. 1, but both have already begun working.