The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 30, 2013

Contract talks begin for Selinsgrove superintendent

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — The Selinsgrove school board will begin negotiating with Superintendent Chad Cohrs to renew his contract.

Cohr’s 3-year employment agreement expires at the end of June, and the board is required to notify the state by the end of January of its intentions, board President Paul Spiegel Jr. said Monday.

“There is strong support for Chad,” he said of the board’s interest in keeping Cohrs on as superintendent.

An ad-hoc committee composed of Spiegel and board members Larry Augustine and Todd Shimco has been formed to meet with Cohrs to hammer out details of a new 3-year contract.

The former director of curriculum and instruction, Cohrs replaced Superintendent Frederick Johnson, who left in June 2010 to take a similar position in Souderton, near Philadelphia.

Cohrs was given an annual starting salary of $120,000. Facing rising costs and teacher cuts last year, Cohrs collected only half of his scheduled 3.5 percent pay raise.

At the time of his promotion, the board encouraged him to move into the school district from Milton.

Spiegel said Monday that Cohrs has not moved into the Selinsgrove district, although he has explored housing options. The board will discuss whether Cohrs will be required or encouraged to move as a condition of a new contract, he said.