GREEN: Without contract terms in hand, the Green Board of Education formally hired Jeffrey L. Miller II as superintendent Tuesday night and then took him into executive session to talk about his upcoming pay increase.
Miller, who makes $80,000 annually as principal of Green Middle School, said he is humbled by the opportunity to remain with Green Local Schools and become the district’s chief executive as of Aug. 1.
The board also hired Miller as interim superintendent on an as-needed, per-diem basis, beginning today.
Asked about his upcoming pay raise, Miller said after the meeting that he had been told a suggested range around $100,000 per year. “That’s why they asked me to stay for the executive session so we can discuss all of this,” said Miller.
He said he is honored to have been given the opportunity to the lead the district where he has spent his whole education career of 14 years.
Board President Steven Foster invited Miller to the front of the city council chambers to introduce wife Jenni, a teacher in the Jackson Local Schools district; and their three sons, Jeffrey III, 6; Jackson, 3; and Joshua, 2.
“Jeffrey will be a Bulldog, starting first grade this year at the Primary School,” Miller beamed.
Foster commented, “I personally am very excited to have Jeff step up and lead the district.
The board interviewed the five candidates and chose Miller and Green resident and Ravenna Schools Superintendent Dennis Honkala as the finalists.
“I was very impressed by the way he presents himself and carries himself and the integrity that he has. I’m really looking forward to having him on board.”
Board member Mark Herdlick said, “I look forward to working with [Miller] in the years to come – hopefully, many years to come.”
Connie Leonard called Miller “the best fit,” while Lynn Wiggins stated, “I am very excited to have Jeff as the leader of our district. He was a wonderful leader in the middle school, but I think he’s going to be an outstanding leader of the district and take us to the next level.”
Bob Campbell, who chaired the search process, added, “I think that you can see from a good process that we feel that we have not only a good candidate but we think we have the best person to lead us forward.”