In an early morning special session, the Board of Education Monday met at the Parsons Building and approved a budget for the coming school year and also consented to a new athletic director.
The budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is $57.4 million; for 2012-2013, the budget was $64.8 million.
Wadsworth School District Treasurer Doug Beeman said the drop is due mainly to the expenditures concerning the construction project, which was completed last year. That project included the construction of a new high school and three elementary buildings.
The board approved the employment of Brad Musgrave as athletic director. Musgrave is currently athletic director at Napoleon High School in western Ohio. Musgrave's contract is for two years, and his duties will begin August 1 Superintendent Andrew Hill said.
Musgrave replaces Rich Berlin who will be the assistant principal at Wadsworth Middle School.
The board also hired Laura Maslyk as assistant principal at Central Intermediate School. She will replace Eric Jackson who will be the principal of Wadsworth Middle School.
In other action, the board approved a contract with Perrin Asphalt Company to do paving at Franklin Elementary School and with Most Paving Company for improvements at the middle school and board office.
The Monday session was the first meeting of the board with Dr. Andrew Hill as the superintendent and his official first day on the job. Hill succeeds Dr. Dale Fortner who resigned effective June 30 to accept a position with a private company.