The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) met for a special meeting August 7 to discuss and vote to extend a job offer to current Interim Superintendent Julie Monroe.
Monroe was made Superintendent with a four to three vote. With Klaire Purtee, Rodney Barnett and Rick Bolin voting against the decision, while Jeff Kleha, Stephanie Childers, Mike Thoroughman and Bill Rockwell voted yes.
The Board looked at the most recent contract awarded to Superintendent Jim Krumer and made a few configurations to it, when negotiating with Monroe. The major differences include a salary drop, the length and guaranteed employment if she did not “like” or if the Board did not renew her contract.
Monroe’s contract is for one year and will have an $88,000 salary. Former Superintendent Jim Krumer’s contract was for 27 months and had a $93,000 salary.
“It was Mrs. Monroe’s suggestion that she does not want to be treated differently from any other employee, in a sense that she does not want any additional benefits, such as travel, membership to any organization and life insurance. Of course, we all agree with that,” Board President Rodney Barnett said during the meeting.
The position normally comes with many fringe benefits including, a life insurance policy that costs the board $125 a month, a monthly mileage stipend of $300, liability insurance, medical, dental and vision insurance, business expenses and more. Monroe has rejected all of these extra benefits and said she does not want them in her contract.
“I requested that for basically two different reasons,” Monroe explained. “I think that there should not be a huge difference between the Superintendent and other staff. Also—looking at our budget forecast—we have to be extremely frugal with our dollars, so it doesn’t help anyone by me making demands for added benefits. As a public servant, and being a recipient of public funds, I believe we have to be very frugal with the funds that we receive and I feel like that just needs to start at the top. We are serving more people every year and our budget is getting tighter and tighter.”
An agreement between the Board and Monroe states that if her role as Superintendent should not work out, she would be allowed to return to work in any capacity in the district at her leaving salary of $67,980 as Director of Community Services.
“I am very excited, honored and humbled to be able to serve the individuals with developmental disabilities of Scioto County in this capacity. I just want it known that I serve the individuals, their families and the stakeholders. Those are the people I primarily work for,” Monroe said.
Monroe has served as interim superintendent for many months, facing various interviews and going through many hoops to get to this point.
“I’m not a quitter, for one,” Monroe said, explaining her decision to stick through with the SCBDD. “I have a real passion to see things move forward and I believe that I can assist our program and embrace the challenges we have ahead. I feel like I am the right person for the job.”
Monroe will already have an idea of what is expected of her, having served as interim, and says it will help her smoothly transition.
“I think in my first year of office, I need to work on securing finances, because based on financial forecast projections, we are going to have to make adjustments on how we spend our money.”
Barnett said he would like to make no further comment about the Board’s decision to hire Monroe at this time.
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