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Clarion Area Approves Carrico Superintendent Contract

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 12:04 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Joe CarricoCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The Clarion Area School Board decided “to put a ring on it” and officially approved a contract for Dr. Joe Carrico as District Superintendent.

The former Oil City School District Superintendent had been serving as interim superintendent since January 2, 2019.

“Thank you very much for the opportunity,” said Carrico.  “I am humbled. My  family and I are very excited to be here.”

A unanimous approval came from the school board vote that included Hugh Henry (President), Melissa Anderson (Vice President), Julie Hartley (Board Treasurer), Todd Bauer, Dave Estadt, Shane Kriebel, Julie McCormick, Zachary Shekell, and Braxton White.

The contract is effective May 1, 2019, and ends on June 30, 2023. Effective May 1, 2019, the annual salary of the District Superintendent will be $120,000.00. Contract language also states: “Each increase shall be added to and become part of his annual base salary. The Board may provide additional increases to the District Superintendent’s salary in its discretion throughout the life of this Contract.”

A complete copy of the contract is available on the district website or directly here.

Head football coach Larry Wiser

Head football coach Larry Wiser

Football agreement “opens the door to so many other areas .”

Head football coach Larry Wiser offered comments at the start of the meeting, thanking the School Board for approving a cooperative agreement between Clarion Area, Clarion-Limestone, and North Clarion.

“Back in January, the Clarion Area and Clarion-Limestone School Boards made a very historic decision,” said Wiser. “It was something that had been tried three other times and for whatever reason, it failed.

“Living in this community since 1968, I think it has been talked about a lot about—schools coming together and so forth. Going back in January, although it’s got a lot of emphasis on football, I think it has a lot larger point coming down the road here. I am already starting to see a large degree of cooperation—we had our largest booster club meeting about a month ago, and so far everything has been working really well.

“I want to make sure anyone outside here realize that this is more than just a football thing to me.

“I am the head football coach, but I have also been a community member and have watched us be divided over things throughout the years. I think this is a unique time where the entire community is going to get behind something and support it. The opportunity for school districts to share resources in other areas is also important. It opens the door to so many other areas.”

In addition to thanks for the efforts of the school board, Wiser also asked for continued support as the new team is developed.

“I’m here to thank you for that action back in January, and I’m also here tonight to ask you to support the people I have recommended for hiring tonight. These gentlemen will not only represent the school districts, but also represent to the community and, most of all, I think they’re going to do a great job working with the players coming in for next season.”

The Board later unanimously approved three out of four individuals present for consideration of an appointment, electing to hold individual votes on each individual instead of voting on the coaches as a group.

Approved were:

  • Lee Webber as an assistant coach with a salary of $4,433.00 (Step Max)
  • Cameron Kirkland as an assistant football coach with a salary of $2,869.00 (Step 2)
  • Doug Knepp as an assistant football coach with a salary of $2,673.00 (Step 1)

A proposal to consider the appointment of Todd Smith as an assistant football coach with a salary of $2,673.00 failed after a 5-4 vote.  Voting “no” were Hugh Henry, Shane Kriebel, Julie McCormick, Zach Shekell, and Todd Bauer.  Voting “yes” were Braxton White, Melissa Anderson, Dave Estadt, and Julie Hartley.

Hugh Henry confirmed that the vote failed for Smith and said, “There will need to be another coach submitted.”

The next board work session will be held on May 7, and the regular board meeting will be held on May 14.


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