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Discussion to continue on Smith's contract

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Contract discussions are scheduled to continue for Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith when board members meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, for their only meeting this month.

Smith's contract expires June 30, 2013, and he's indicated he would like one more four-year deal before he retires. He currently makes $124,500 a year, eighth for state superintendents despite being one of the largest county school systems in the state.

Board members met in executive session following the Oct. 16 meeting and will likely go behind closed doors again because it is of a personnel nature.

Tuesday's agenda also includes a presentation on the 2012-13 staff development plan, recognition of the county's two exemplary schools and recognition of elementary students who won an illustration contest by the Cabell County Reading Council.

Mike O'Dell, the assistant superintendent of Operations, also will inform the board that he is presenting another project to the West Virginia School Building Authority. He wasn't available for comment Friday afternoon, but he said recently that renovations and upgrades to Culloden Elementary remain the top priority. That project was not funded by the SBA earlier this year.

And, the Transportation Department is seeking approval to purchase 11 school buses for a total of $1.1 million, paid for by both local and state funds. The 11 buses include one 59-passenger special needs bus, four 77-passenger conventional buses and six 84-passenger transit buses.

The school board meets at 2850 5th Ave., Huntington.