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BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — With the recent departure of two principals and one administrator, Maumee City Schools has reshuffled positions, hired, re-hired and promoted individuals to key posts in the school system. The Maumee school board supported the action by approving multiple two-year administrator contracts at the July 1 meeting. Nick Neiderhouse has been named new principal of Wayne Trail Elementary School. He will be paid an annual salary of $81,488 and will replace Lonny Rivera, who was hired as Oregon City Schools’ superintendent. Rivera came to Maumee in 2010 after serving two years as chief of staff for Toledo Public Schools. He also served as principal of Coy Elementary School in Oregon and Sherman Elementary School in Toledo. “This district has been nothing but good to me,” Rivera said. “There are so many right things happening here and I plan to take a lot of that with me to Oregon.” For the past two years Neiderhouse has served as the assistant principal of Perkins High School in Sandusky. He previously worked in the Anthony Wayne school district as dean of students at Monclova Primary and as a sixth grade social studies teacher at Fallen Timbers Middle School. Former Union Elementary principal Lydia Maxfield, who retired from the district in 2011, has been hired as the new principal of Fort Miami Elementary. Maxfield, who replaces former principal Angela Schaal, will be paid an annual salary of $86,385. In May, Schaal accepted the job as principal of Central Trail Elementary in the Sylvania City School District. Maumee High School principal Larry Caffro has been reassigned to the position of teacher evaluator, staff in-service coordinator and special education supervisor. Assistant principal Matt Dick will replace Caffro at an annual salary of $100,033 and MHS social studies teacher Scott Perrotte will replace Dick as the new assistant principal at an annual salary of $77,925. Dick, who has been the assistant principal for three years, also spent 21 years teaching freshman science, chemistry and physics at MHS and two years teaching science at Delta High School. Perrotte spent seven years teaching at MHS and five years teaching at high schools in North Carolina. Other administrators approved by the board include Carol Burnworth, who was named special education supervisor and Joe Taylor who was named director of educational services. Nancy Sayre will remain supervisor of federal programs, communications and school operations. Maumee district superintendent Dr. Greg Smith said swift action was needed to fill positions vacated by Rivera, Schaal and Dwight Fertig, director of curriculum who accepted a job last month as executive director of pupil services for Perrysburg Schools. “With the number of openings that occurred we needed to successfully address the challenges facing the district. The individuals we have hired have the skill sets we need to get the job done,” he said. The district is still considering options to fill the position of a technology director or supervisor, he said. In other action the board also: • Heard a report by treasurer Paul Brotzki that following passage of the state budget the Maumee school district will receive additional state funds of $251,000 in the 2013-14 school year, and an additional $440,000 in the 2014-15 school year. Revenue from the commercial activity tax will also remain in the budget, he said. • Heard a report by Janet Wolff that there is a $67,500 deficit in the food services budget mainly due to calamity days, overtime costs and the purchase of a freezer and other equipment. The cost of lunches will remain unchanged next year, she said. • Adopted a government resolution in regard to the special education program, funding for reading teachers and professional development. • Approved a pay rate for substitute teachers from $75.00 to $95.00 per day. • Approved interim end-of-course examinations for American history and American government in compliance with Senate Bill 165. • Approved a resolution for calamity days for the 2013-14 school year. • Approved compliance with nutrition standards annual report. • Approved overnight trips for the MHS senior trip to New York, sophomore class to Washington, D.C. and MHS boys golf to travel to Ottawa Lake, Mich.