NEW BUFFALO – Following the “highly effective” rating he received in December, New Buffalo Areas Schools Superintendent Jeff Leslie received an extension of his contract for five years and a 2.5 percent salary increase.  

During its June 24, meeting, the Board of Education voted 6-1 to approve the contract through June 2024, with Trustee Patricia Newton casting the dissenting vote. Leslie joined the district in August 2016.

In other personnel action, the board approved administrative work agreements and two percent increases for the non-union administrative staff members. The board also accepted the resignation of Tracy Ripley who left the district after 17 years to become principal of Eau Claire Middle and High School.

During an overview of the Operations Department, Director Keith Carlson reviewed the work of the custodial, maintenance and groundskeeping staff responsible for the 204,000 square feet of building space plus athletic fields. He updated the board on the major maintenance and upkeep projects, including roof inspections and testing of all water faucets to meet EPA standards.

“In summary, NBAS buildings, mechanical systems and grounds are in excellent condition.  This is directly attributed to the consistent support of the administration and school board and their willingness to fund Operational systems upgrades and to the dedicated and tireless efforts of the custodians, groundskeepers and maintenance staff of NBAS. This teamwork guarantees our children the finest learning environments possible,” Carlson said.

In other action, the board approved the athletic, secondary, middle and elementary school handbooks while agreeing to continue discussion on the middle school policy concerning cell phones.

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