Smith returns as WACO Superintendent
WAYLAND — The clock has been moved ahead on Dr. Darrell Smith’s second stint as superintendent of the WACO Community School District.
Meeting in special session Wednesday night, WACO School Board members approved a “superintendent realignment.” Smith, originally to have begun his duties July 1, will begin his superintendency today, according to Tim Graber, board president.
Graber stressed that the board did not terminate Pat Coen, who has guided the district the past three years.
“We were in a unique position,” Graber said, who explained the move was more of a step to facilitate the 4 + 1 school calendar next school year. “Dr. Smith wants to get involved (in the 4 + 1 implementation), and it is kind of awkward, as we already have a superintendent.
“Meanwhile, Pat is a lame-duck situation,” Graber continued. “He (Pat) was very supportive of the move. It is basically a re-assignment of duties.”
Smith’s contract was also amended. Originally, he was to have been paid $25,000 for 100 days of service during the 2013-14 school year. Since he is beginning his duties early, he will be paid $30,000 and receive a 120-day contract.
“With the new superintendent living in the district (Smith lives in Swedesburg) and with him not currently working, we just took advantage of the opportunity,” Graber explained. “It was basically a 4 + 1 decision. It is nothing Pat did. Pat has done some very good things for the district. Dr. Smith knows what’s going on and he wants to be brought up to speed.”
Graber said Coen will be paid for the remainder of his contract, which was to have expired June 30.