HUDSON — The Hudson city schools will continue to be led by its current superintendent.

The school board unanimously approved a new five-year contract for Superintendent Phil Herman at its Monday meeting.

"We are so fortunate to have the administration we have," said Board President Dave Zuro during the board meeting to Herman. "Leadership starts and the tone is set in the office of the superintendent. You have established a positive, supportive environment. We are extremely pleased with the job you have done."

Herman's new contract will start Aug. 1 and will end July 31, 2025. His new salary will be $163,297 per year, up from $159,313.

"Thank you for pushing me and the other administrators in our roles," Herman said. "I have a double blessing in that I can look up to those I am led by."

Herman started with the Hudson City Schools as director of human resources in 2005, and was named assistant superintendent in 2008. He has been superintendent with the Hudson schools since 2013. Before coming to Hudson, Herman was a high school English and journalism teacher for the Lakewood Local Schools. He also served as the principal of Jackson Elementary and was superintendent with the Lakewood Local Schools.

"We certainly appreciate the leadership you provided to the district in the last seven years," said Board Vice President Steve DiMauro. "You commended us for our leadership earlier, but you do what we do and much, much more."

In Ohio, the school board's responsibilities include hiring the district's superintendent and treasurer.

Raise for Six District Compact administrator approved

The school board also approved a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to the beginning of the current contract year for Mary Jane Stanchina, the executive director of the Six District Educational Compact. This will bring Stanchina's salary to $103,925. She has served as the executive director for the Compact since 1985.

The Compact, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, provides career exploration and technical education opportunities for six school districts: Cuyahoga Falls, Woodridge, Stow-Munroe Falls, Hudson, Tallmadge and Kent. The Compact's administrative offices are in Hudson.

Herman said that the Hudson school district is the fiscal agent for the Six District Compact. The six superintendents serve as the executive board.

"The salary is split among the six districts evenly," Herman said.

Open house for Natatorium

The school district and Hudson Community Education and Recreation will have an open house Feb. 2 for the newly renovated Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium. The open house will go from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The public will be able to view the renovated pool areas as well as the new internal infrastructure of the pool operating systems.

Next meetings

The next regularly scheduled school board meetings are Feb. 10 and 24. Meetings start at 7 p.m. and are in the Hudson High School Media Center.

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