“He had a little time left, but we just decided to go ahead and extend the contract,” said the board’s president, David Gilmour. “He’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve enjoyed working with him.”
Dyar’s contract was set to expire on June 30, 2014; the new expiration date is June 30, 2017. The contract sets Dyar’s annual salary at $119,850, with increases at a rate equal to state-mandated teacher pay raises.
The board on Thursday also approved changing the name of the old gymnasium at Saks High School to the Lynn Martin Gymnasium after longtime community resident Lynn Martin, who attended Saks Middle School and who has volunteered for more than 40 years working the chains at Saks High School football games.
Several members of the board, as well as Saks High School Principal Jody Whaley and Calhoun County Commissioner J.D. Hess, thanked Martin at the meeting for his commitment to Saks High School and congratulated him on the honor.
“I don’t know why I deserve this just because I loved this community,” said Martin, adding his only regret in life was not having been able to graduate from Saks because the community did not have a high school when he attended school. “I never wanted to live anywhere else.”
The board tabled hiring an architect for an addition to Ohatchee High School. The $3.5 million project was announced last month, and the board is considering three architectural proposals from McKee and Associates in Montgomery, CMH Architects in Birmingham and Bill Whittaker Architect in Anniston.
In other business, the board:
— Approved assisting the Wellborn High School family and consumer science department for a field trip to New York City in the amount of $3,000.
— Approved assisting the White Plains High School Future Farmers of America chapter for a trip to the national convention in Louisville, Ky., in the amount of $3,000.
Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.