The Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education unanimously approved an amendment extending Superintendent Stephen Mauney’s contract Tuesday for another four years.

This amendment to his current contract will extend Mauney’s employment as superintendent to June 30, 2023. The Board of Education originally hired Mauney as superintendent Aug. 9, 2016, said MGSD Chief Financial Officer Terry Haas.

Mauney’s salary will remain the same at $169,908 annually, Haas said.

At October’s Board of Education meeting, school board members praised Mauney during discussion of his annual review. Board Chairman Roger Hyatt compared Mauney to the conductor of an orchestra. Without leadership, the orchestra is just noise, he continued. “I look at this gentleman as a consummate orchestra leader,” Hyatt said at the meeting.

Board member Deborah Marsh said Mauney is open to feedback and makes changes based upon that feedback. “I think that’s a sign of a strong leader so thank you for all you do,” said Marsh.

Board member Leon Pridgen said Mauney’s responses to districtwide challenges are handled with “aplomb.”

During the October meeting, Mauney thanked the board for its vote of confidence.

“I often say that I’m fortunate to have been a part of the Mooresville Graded School District my entire career and want to finish my career here,” Mauney said. “I don’t have desire to go anywhere else. So I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to do that and entrusting a great responsibility to me.”

In other business Tuesday, MGSD Chief Operations Officer Michael Royal presented a proposed draft calendar for the 2020-21 academic school year. The proposed calendar was created by parent and teacher advisory committees and an executive team, Royal said.

Similar to this school year’s calendar, the proposed 2020-21 calendar will have weeklong fall and spring breaks and a two-week winter break, Royal said. Unlike this school year’s calendar, the proposed 2020-21 calendar’s fall break, running Oct. 12-16, will align with Mitchell Community College’s fall break, he said.

In the proposed 2020-21 calendar, Easter break would be a bit longer than it was for the 2019-20 academic year to give families more time to travel and be with friends and family, Royal said. The first and last days of schools for the proposed 2020-21 calendar are Aug. 4 and May 26, he said.

Another change in the proposed 2020-21 academic calendar is a time shift for early release days, he said. Currently, secondary schools release at 12:30 p.m. during early release days. This time is proposed to stay the same for the 2020-21 academic year, Royal said. The district’s two intermediate schools and the district’s three elementary schools currently release at 1:15 p.m. on early release days. But, in the proposed 2020-21 calendar, on the proposed four early release days, elementary schools will release students at 1:30 p.m. while the intermediate schools will continue to release at 1:15 p.m., Royal said.

This staggered release will not pose a problem for transportation, Royal said.

The Board of Education will examine the draft proposal then return in December to approve or deny it, Royal said.

In other business, the Board of Education recognized several students and staff Tuesday including the seventh-grade football team at Mooresville Middle School for having an undefeated season and becoming conference champions. The board also recognized district school treasurers for completing the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials Treasurer Academy.

Luz Martinez-Salazar, a fifth-grade student at Mooresville Intermediate School, was also recognized as the board’s “Student of the Month.” Rain Leonor, a sixth-grade student at Mooresville Intermediate School, was recognized as the board’s “Artist of the Month.”

Jason Chambers, head custodian and football and basketball coach at Mooresville Middle School, was recognized with the “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” award.

Chambers was nominated by MMS Principal Ayana Robinson, who wrote in her nomination form that Chambers “swooped into MMS as our own personal Superman.”

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