Brandywine’s Rider receives praise and raise

Published 7:57 am Tuesday, April 25, 2006

By By ANDY HAMILTON / Niles Daily Star
NILES - Superintendent of Brandywine Community Schools Gary Rider is getting a raise.
The board of education announced Monday night a yearly evaluation of Rider was completed in March and a one year extension has been added to the second year superintendent's contract. Rider will also be given a 2 percent raise, the same that is given to all Brandywine teachers.
Specifically, Curran said Rider did an excellent job with the first phase of the district's bond issue. Rider said he was the last of three or four Brandywine superintendents to be a part of the bond that was passed in June 2003. Rider began as Brandywine superintendent in July of 2004.
The extension places Rider under contract with the district through 2008/2009 and provides the 52-year-old with a 2 percent increase in salary. Starting July 1, Rider will earn an annual salary of $101,068.
Rider said the board will meet toward the end of the summer to set the goals for the 2006/2007 school year.
The board Monday night also approved an action to pay New Age Floor Systems to refinish the floors of Brandywine Middle/High School. The cost of $62,700 will be paid from the first bond, Director of Finance and Operations for Brandywine Sue Furney said.
A portion of the money from the 2003 bond was set aside for furniture fixtures and equipment, and, anything left over was added to that fund, Furney said.
The board had anticipated the fund would contain around $65,000 but the actual amount remaining was closer to $250,000, Furney said.
Furney said the difference between New Age Floor Systems and Griffin Marble Restoration, the other company considered, was the process used by Griffin would have to be repeated in six months to a year. The work performed by New Age held at least a 10-year guarantee and would require only a soap and water clean-up.