CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city school district’s leader received a four-year contract extension Wednesday night.
The Board of Education unanimously approved granting superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols a new deal that will run from Aug. 1, 2021 through July 31, 2025.
"I am humbled and honored to have the confidence of the Board," stated Nichols "I am committed to leading our Black Tiger family toward continued and newfound success."
Nichols has served as superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls City School District since August 2011.
Nichols’ current contract expires July 31, 2021. He is earning $129,512 in the current school year and is slated to make $130,807 in the 2020-21 school year, according to district treasurer Kristy Stoicoiu.
Any pay raise Nichols receives during the term of the contract starting on Aug. 1, 2021 "will be equal to the base rate percentage increase negotiated with [the Cuyahoga Falls Education Association]," said Stoicoiu.
The CFEA’s current contract expires Aug. 1. The administration and CFEA leaders will soon begin negotiations on a new contract.
Board Vice President Anthony Gomez said the board gave a mid-term, verbal evaluation to Nichols in January. The board’s last written evaluation was delivered to Nichols last summer, Gomez said.
When asked why the contract was approved more than a year before the current one expires, Gomez said, "It’s pretty standard to do this in advance. If you want to keep someone you usually want to let them know so they don’t look for other opportunities."
Gomez added he was "not personally aware of [Nichols] looking at other opportunities."
"This contract extension provides our school district with the continuity of leadership into the future," added Board President Karen Schofield. "More importantly, it demonstrates our wholehearted support of Dr. Nichols as he continues to guide us in realizing our shared vision: Cuyahoga Falls City School District: the hub of our community, committed to a culture of caring. We innovate. We create. We personalize education for all."
Schofield added she and her colleagues look forward "to continuing the positive and collaborative working relationship we have with Dr. Nichols."
Gomez said that locking in leadership for the next several years is part of what he sees as a stable period of time within the school district.
"This unprecedented time of stability is going to provide positive results for our community…and most importantly, our students," said Gomez.
Nichols added that as he and other district leaders tackle the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve "been reminded of the strength and resilience of our faculty, staff, students, and community. I am proud to be a Cuyahoga Falls Black Tiger."
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