Rockridge names new BOE member, new superintendent

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
New Rockridge Superintendent Dr. Chester Lien signs a contract with the Rockridge Board of Education as board president Dan Neneman looks on.

The Rockridge Board of Education met Monday, June 13, and filled the last board spot with Heidi Schultz, a resident in Andalusia Township. Prior to the vote to name her to that position, a public hearing was held to amend the 2010-2011 budget. The budget had originally set a $60,000 tort fund figure for for the year, but had spent $91,800 already. The increase is due to the rise in worker's compensation costs. The board approved the budget adjustment.

The board also approved hiring a new superintendent, Dr. Chester Lien, currently superintendent and high school principal at Astoria CUSD #1. Lien will begin his duties as superintendent at Rockridge on July 1, 2011, with an annual salary of $120,000. The board and Dr. Lien signed a three-year contract.

Rockridge Superintendent Jack Bambrick is moving to a new position at Johnson City on July 1 as the superintendent there. Bambrick has been the Rockridge superintendent for the past six years.

One thing the board is looking to do is hold a community meet and greet for new board members and the new superintendent and a celebration of the new two-year contract with the Rockridge Teachers Association. "We would like to share some good financial information too," said Rockridge Board President Dan Neneman. The meeting is tentatively planned for Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at the High School at 6 p.m.

In other business the board ratified a two-year contract with the Rockridge Teachers Association. The 94-member teacher's union voted to accept the contract in May. The union, in support of the district's fiscal austerity move, agreed to a soft freeze for the 2011-2012 school year with a zero percent increase in base pay, with steps and lanes. There is a $500 stipend for certain individuals.

The second year, 2012-2013, calls for a one percent increase in the base pay plus steps and lanes. "There is also a bit of change in the contract language regarding education," said Lorri Lund, president of the RTA.

Rockridge Board of Education's newest member Heidi Schultz was sworn in on Monday, June 13, 2011.