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Beattie takes the helm at Edison Local

June 27, 2012
By JEREMY KINS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

HAMMONDSVILLE - Bill Beattie was named as the new superintendent of the Edison Local School District during a special board meeting held Tuesday at Stanton Elementary School.

He will replace David Quattrochi in the position. Quattrochi, who had served as the district's superintendent for nearly three years, resigned Saturday to accept the superintendent's position in the Carrollton Exempted School District.

The school board unanimously accepted Quattrochi's resignation and approved the employment of Beattie as superintendent for a term of three years at an annual salary of $91,000.

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NEW SUPERINTENDENT — Longtime educator Bill Beattie was named as the new superintendent of the Edison Local School District during a special meeting held Tuesday. -- Jeremy Kins

Beattie said the district will not fill his former position, which is expected to save the district more than $50,000.

Quattrochi's departure comes as the district faces major financial difficulties, but Beattie said he will "develop a plan that will display fiscal responsibility."

"I want to show the residents of the Edison Local School District that we will be accountable for the tax dollars spent in this district," said Beattie.

The district will still be enacting its budget recovery plan approved in February intended to reduce its budget by $1.5 million in order to operate out of deficit during the 2012-13 school year.

Board members welcomed Beattie into his new position.

"I just want to congratulate Mr. Beattie, and we look forward to these next three years. We're at a crossroads now within the district and we're hoping with his leadership and commitment that we can get through this," said board member Scott Lockhart.

"The past two years we have been rated schools of excellence and I hope to continue that with Mr. Beattie. It's a good feeling to have him with us," said board president Larry Crow.

"I think it was a smooth transition tonight and he's been a leader here for a while. He took on this job right away, and I don't know how many would have done that right now. When someone steps in without a doubt, that's a plus for us. Overall, I hope we can get this levy together and that our district can survive," said board member Frank Marcino.

Beattie has been employed in the district for 23 years and has served as an administrator since 2006. He has been assistant superintendent for the past three years.

Looking toward November, the district will again seek passage of a 9.45-mill continuous operating levy, which was defeated in March. This time, the voters will be asked to approve an additional bond issue that would cover the construction of a new junior/senior high building. The millage voters will be asked to approve could reach 12.9 mills.

The Ohio School Facilities Exceptional Needs Program and the state would give the district $7 million toward the construction of the school provided the needed local share of $20 million is raised within one year of being approved.

Beattie said his course of action to reach the community will include showing fiscal responsibility, accountability, and talking with the public.

"I'm hoping that, starting today, it's a move in the right direction toward showing responsibility. We cut another administrative position, which makes two total in less than a month," said Beattie. "We just want to try and change perception and, hopefully, the community and citizens of our district will respond to that."

He said in September he plans to hold public meetings to help the community better understand the necessity of the levy's passage.

"We've cut all we can cut. We're at the Ohio Department of Education's bare minimum when it comes to the number of teachers and staff we employ," said Beattie.

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