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CUYAHOGA FALLS -- Woodridge Local Schools' Board of Education on Feb. 28 voted unanimously to award the district's superintendent, Walter Davis, a new contract, retaining him for another five years.
Davis received a five-year contract effective Aug. 1, 2017, according to Treasurer Deanna Levenger. He received a 5 percent raise in the first year of the contract, Levenger said, adding the contract states the Board shall implement an incremental salary increase of 3 percent on Aug. 1 of each year of the contract.
His current salary is $119,045, according to the treasurer. He will be paid $125,000 starting on Aug. 1, according to the contract.
Davis said he was "pleased" the Board chose to extend his contract.
"I am blessed to work for -- and with -- a Board of Education that is focused and purposeful in doing what is best for the district and the community in general," said Davis to the Falls News-Press on March 2. "Each one understands the purpose and role of the Board and works hard to ensure that our leadership team has the tools to effectively do our work with their unified support and encouragement."
"I have been very impressed with Mr. Davis' leadership and work that he puts into making Woodridge the District it is," commented the Board president, Jeff McHugh, in an email March 1. "And renewing his contract was a very easy vote for me."
According to McHugh, superintendents' contracts can be from one year up to five years. "His previous contract was for four years so adding one more was not a big deal for me," he said. "Five years is a confirmation of my confidence in and trust of Wally's abilities as the superintendent."
Tammy Heffernan, the Board's vice president, said Davis "has done an exceptional job in his leadership for the Woodridge Local School District. We have accomplished so much under his leadership and know we will continue to do so. It is a very exciting time to be a part of this wonderful district and community."
Davis came to Woodridge in August 2010 from the city's other school district, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, where he served as assistant superintendent and director of curriculum.
"We have a great deal of positive momentum in the work we have begun," added Davis. "With the passage of the bond issue and the upcoming construction project to the overall successes of our students in all of our schools, I believe we are moving in the right direction. We have a great team in place - all of whom are focused on maintaining the long standing traditions of excellence our district has been known for. I look forward to the next five years as we work together with the community to ensure that the Woodridge Local School District remains the gem that it is."