Board votes to extend superintendent’s pact
Randal Bagby's tenure with the Lansing School District will continue at least through 2009.
At their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16, Lansing School Board members voted 6-0 to extend the school superintendent's contract through the 2008-09 school year. Board member Craig Gephart did not attend the meeting.
"I'm very happy that he accepted the renewal of his contract," board President Shelly Gowdy said after the meeting. "For me, he makes being a board member a much easier job because he does do his homework. I just think he's a great educational leader."
Bagby came to the district in July 2004 after being superintendent of the Randolph and Marysville schools.
Gowdy said the one-year contract extension served as a "vote of confidence" from all seven board members.
"The whole board's evaluation was very positive. If Craig would have been here, I'm sure it would have been a 7-0 vote," she said.
The evaluation does not affect Bagby's salary, which is set annually around the start of the school year when teacher salaries are determined. His current salary is $127,271.
Gowdy said Bagby's assets include an open-door policy, a team-building approach and strong communication, budgetary and organizational skills.
"Probably the thing for me that I appreciate the most about Randy is his ability to be diplomatic and his common-sense approach to so many issues," she said. "He doesn't get rattled.
"When an issue comes up, he deals with it, he looks at it, he studies it and learns about it and brings to the board the best possible recommendations - and sometimes with alternatives - so the board can make the best possible decision."
She cited implementation of additional busing in the district as an example of Bagby's ability to develop solutions.
In August 2006, the district began offering free additional busing for students who live one mile or more from their school and for those who have to cross Main Street to get to school.
Construction on Main Street and the projected opening of a new elementary school on West Mary Street in January 2008 made Bagby concerned about student safety, and he took action, Gowdy said.
"Dr. Bagby looked at several alternatives, including taking the busing over from Durham (School Services), evaluating that and bringing to the board different ways that we could accommodate our community," she said.
Bagby said he was pleased to receive the offer.
"I'm thrilled to be in Lansing," he said.