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Folger gets 1-year deal for $110k

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 23, 2014 at 9:11 PM


A new, controversial hire at Norwalk Schools is set to net $110,000 at the end of a one-year stint as interim superintendent.

Will Folger, of Huron, did not apply for his new position until after he received it, according to an application, contract and résumé the Register obtained last week through a public records request.

Folger boasts 40 years of experience in education.

Most recently, he was superintendent of Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Schools, and he has also worked as a Huron Schools administrator and teacher.

Folger's application for Norwalk Schools is dated Aug. 11 — nearly two weeks after July 29, the day a split school board voted 3-2 to hire him for one year.

Sue Goodsite, a longtime Norwalk Schools administrator, alleges board president John Lendrum initially offered her the job before hiring Folger a few days later.

The news has sparked outrage among many Norwalk residents.

Board members Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voted against Folger's hire, and have echoed Goodsite's sentiments and voiced concerns at school board meetings.

In particular, Linder noted a discrepancy from board member Kevin Cashen, who criticized Goodsite for emailing her application instead of submitting it to North Point Educational Service Center, which assisted the district's search.

In a June 16 email, Cashen told Goodsite "it does matter where the application comes from," and "the process must be the same for all candidates."

He, board president John Lendrum and board member Rob Ludwig then voted in favor of hiring Folger, who never submitted an application for the job.

Outgoing superintendent Dennis Doughty, who is now president of Norwalk Catholic School, provided board members with Folger's résumé and recommended him for the position.

A copy of Folger's application, contract and résumé are available below.

Click here to read the emails board members exchanged regarding the Norwalk Schools superintendent search, as well as a story about them.

Folger's contract with Norwalk Schools

•Superintendent job is effective Aug. 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

•$110,000 annual salary.

•Up to 20 days vacation.

•Up to 15 sick days.

•Reimbursement for travel expenses.

•Reimbursement for cell phone payments.

•Reimbursement for attending professional meetings.

•Reimbursement for an annual physical.

•Reimbursement for membership in one professional organization and one community service organization.

Source: Norwalk Schools

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