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NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls School Board has appointed Justin Christopher as Acting Superintendent/Interim Superintendent effective May 19, with Rocco Adduci planning to retire July 31.

The board hired Christopher until July 31, 2023, for an annual salary of $90,000 to be pro-rated for the period May 19 to July 31, 2022.

Christopher most recently served as the district’s elementary and middle school principal and will serve as the acting superintendent until August 1.

Adduci has served for the past two years as superintendent. He also served as superintendent at Niles and Weathersfield.

Christopher said he looks forward to working with the district’s leadership team, teaching staff to review student academic achievement data, and continuing to move the district forward.

He said his focus will be on student success and academic success. Christopher was Principal at Windham Schools from 2019-2021 and previously at Newton Falls Junior High from 2018-2019. He also worked as a teacher for 12 years at Tallmadge.

With Christopher as the new acting superintendent, Robert Bauman, the high school’s vice principal, will serve as the K-5 principal until the end of the school year.

LOAN REPAYMENT

The council also approved a resolution to repay the $3.1 million loan taken out in November for the sports complex, which has been suspended.

Board members said there was support for the resort and it remains a good idea, and the baseball field itself has been under discussion for several years.

They said the project should be done by first planning/designing in collaboration with various community stakeholders, and then a strong fundraising plan should be in place so that financial obligations are met, limiting the exposure of expenditures to the general fund and to taxpayers. .

Treasurer Terry Armstrong said he discussed with the board what the five-year financial forecast would look like if the district went ahead with the loan and what it would look like if the district did not. not.

He said the terms of the loan would not allow early repayment until December 2024 with a $90,000 penalty for doing so. The first loan payment was due in December and no funds have been raised to offset the loan, so the payment is expected to come from the general fund.

“This would put a significant financial strain on the district, resulting in a negative carryover balance by 2026 of nearly $1 million,” he said.

Armstrong said the alternative model without retaining the loan maintained a positive carryover balance throughout the five-year forecast with a projected carryover balance at the end of 2026 of $1,365,222.

He said the bank offered the district the option to repay the loan for a fee of $10,000 plus accrued interest.

“The district will continue to work to improve its fiscal health to achieve a stronger carryover balance going forward,” Armstrong said.

The district spent $85,000 in architectural and legal fees for the project with other financial commitments for architectural and legal fees, Armstrong said.

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