Frontier’s Rentsch submits resignation

Frontier Local Schools will see a slight change in leadership before the district’s first day.

Three-year Superintendent Brian Rentsch submitted his resignation to the school board following an offer from Claymont City Schools in Tuscarawas County late last week.

Monday, Claymont City Schools Board of Education approved Rentsch’s hire, while Frontier Local Schools Board of Education approved Rentsch’s resignation, effective Aug. 23.

Frontier High School Principal Beth Brown will now fill both roles, following the anticipated vote of approval at the scheduled special board meeting on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.

“We’re incredibly excited that Ms. Brown has agreed to take on this role,” said Board President Jeff Knowlton, following almost an hour of an executive session the board took to discuss the resignation and subsequent job offer. “I think it will help with the communication across the district to have her acting in both (positions).”

Brown said she was thrilled to accept the responsibility over the district’s three buildings of schoolchildren.

“I’m honored,” she said. “My hope is to keep the two jobs together as one… the money this saves, that could pay for another teacher.”

District Treasurer Lee Howard confirmed the combination of assignments would save more than $65,000 for the school district.

“Really it’s more because of the insurance coverage, too,” she added.

The board also received an update from the substitute levy committee which is ramping up its campaigning for the Nov. 3 ballot.

The levy would cost property owners within the district no additional money, according to the committee, and failure of the levy would result in a $124,570 annual loss to the school’s operating budget which goes to technology, instructional supply and textbooks.

Frontier Local Schools will then host its next regular board meeting on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Janelle Patterson can be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.