The Laurel School Board recently passed a resolution relieving John Ewald of Superintendent responsibilities effective March. His remaining contract time which expires at the end of the school year will be bought out by the district.
Current principal at Delmar High School, and local graduate Shaw Larrimore has been hired to replace Ewald. He will begin working part time while fulfilling the remainder of his Delmar contract and is already assuming some responsibilities.
Effective July 1, 2015, Ashley Giska, currently the Delmar H.S. principal, will become Laurel’s assistant Superintendent.
Effective March 2, two administrators will be relocated into different schools.
One administrators contractor was not renewed her contract remains through June 30, 2016.
Since the new Superintendent’s position was not advertised the question if often asked if it is a state requirement to advertise. The board put the question to their attorney who advised the board there is not a code section nor rule or regulation that requires any Delaware board of education to advertise for a superintendent position. It is the boards decision whether to advertise.
Larrimore is not being paid by the Laurel District for the time he is spending after his school hours at Delmar for working in the Laurel system until he comes on full time. He is working daily with administrators and has reduced the number of people working in the administrative office, and is currently working on a new organization chart to reduce duplication of administrators and in come areas putting a single person overseeing two areas of supervision to cut costs. Maybe some of the extra money can be used to hire more teachers or purchase more supplies for the teachers.