Reading School Board extends leaders' contracts

New security cameras, new football coach for RHS

READING, Pa. - At its Wednesday meeting, the Reading School Board extended the contracts of district Superintendent Khalid Mumin, Assistant Superintendent Chris Celmer, and Chief Financial Officer Wayne Gehris.

The contracts are for five years, the maximum the state allows for district administration officials.

"In approving this contract, we're saying, 'You're doing a great job, and we want you to continue doing a great job,'" said Dr. Brian Buerke, the board's president. "We believe Dr. Mumin and his staff are the people we need to continue to move the district forward."

Buerke added that if Mumin fulfills the next year of his contract, he'll be RSD's longest-tenured superintendent in 20 years, and if he completes the end of the new contract, he'll have been the longest-tenured superintendent in the last 50 years.

Mumin has been with the district since 2014.

Mumin recounted his initial interview with the board. He asked the members why they chose to serve on the board as volunteers, to which the board members replied they do it because of the students, which made them all weep.

"I knew this was going to be something special. You just don't get that type of teamwork when you talk about kids. That's what made me make the decision to be here. We were all on the same accord about kids," Mumin said. "Representing Reading School District is a monumental task.

"It means something to be a Red Knight. We're in ongoing battles and somehow, some reason, Red Knights prevail. Three years ago, people thought we were crazy. Now, people emulate what we do. There are infinite possibilities to what we can do."

Other business

The board awarded a $257,293 contract to Pennsylvania-based IntegraONE to upgrade the senior high school's security camera system.

The senior high school's current security system consists of between 140 and 160 cameras, which were deemed outdated by Jeff Haas, the district's acting chief technology officer. Replacing the outdated system with new a new system containing 274 cameras will allow district officials to clearly view security footage on-site or remotely through a mobile device.

On March 14, as part of a nationwide demonstration, students will be permitted to "walk out" of school for 17 minutes, one minute for each person killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in protest of gun violence.

The board also named Andre Doyle its new varsity head football coach for the 2018-2019 school year.

He replaces Rob Flowers, who resigned in December after 7 seasons.

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