Rock Hill school board renews superintendent’s contract

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 22, 2013 

— The Rock Hill school board voted to renew the contract of superintendent Lynn Moody Monday following an annual performance evaluation.

In its public statement, delivered by chairman Jim Vining, the board said both Moody and the district had experienced a “very rewarding year.”

“We wish to thank the superintendent and her staff for a job well done,” the statement read.

In addition to renewing her contract through June 30, 2014, the board also offered Moody a 1 percent raise – the same increase a teacher in the Rock Hill district would receive – but Moody didn’t accept it.

“I declined it because we really need to do a salary study,” Moody said.

The district needs to evaluate the contracts and salaries of some employees, she said, and the system of contracts and pay raises needs to be made more equal – something that she says is her responsibility.

Speaking about the school board’s positive evaluation of her performance, Moody said she was pleased and felt fortunate.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve,” she said.

Moody first joined the district in March 2003 and has been superintendent since August 2006. Her total compensation for the 2012-2013 school year was $193,450.

In the upcoming school year, which begins next month, the district will implement iRock, its initiative that aims to put an iPad in the hands of every fourth- through eighth-grader in the district.

There also will be increased focus on “challenge-based learning,” an approach to teaching that involves using technology to solve real-world problems.

“This year is a big implementation year,” Moody said. “Lots of dreams and plans have gone into it.”

In its statement, the board said it was excited about the potential these programs have on improving student performance.

Also Monday, the board discussed and approved the creation of a new position for the upcoming year – clinical lead nurse.

This person will supervise school nurses across the district and evaluate the programs currently in place.

Board member Walter Brown said the lead nurse will help the district comply with a new state law that prohibits school nurses from giving medication – even over-the-counter drugs – to students without a doctor’s order.

“This is a well-timed addition to our staff,” Brown said.

The district is looking for someone who is both a registered nurse and has experience as a supervisor.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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