"My commitment to Ravenna schools has never waned," said Warner, who was a finalist for the superintendent job in the Summit County district. "I am excited to remain as superintendent of Ravenna schools and look forward to leading the district in the challenges it faces, and to being a member of the community for years to come. "
Serving student from Richfield Village and Bath, Copley and Richfield townships, Revere schools offered David Kirkton a 42-month contract at $83,000 annually, according to the district's Interim Superintendent Lou Daugherty. Kirkton is superintendent of the River Valley Local School District in Marion County, Daugherty said.
Warner's tenure in Ravenna began in the summer of 1993. The district renewed his contract on Aug. 1, 1996, extending the agreement through July 31,1999, Warner said. The superintendent's annual salary is $70,500, he said.
"We're pleased that we are going to be able to maintain momentum and continuity of leadership during this critical phase of our strategic plan and the development of Chestnut Street," said Connie Mansfield, a member of the Ravenna Board of Education. "We respect Phil for his ability to make tough decisions necessary to move the school system forward and better serve our students."
During Warner's tenure in Ravenna, the district has recovered from a $3.5 million debt, making its final payment of $435,000 on Dec. 2. It is the first time the district has been free from debt in some 10 years, Warner said previously.