Superintendent to Stay

Students aren't the only ones graded on how they perform in school. Monday night, Marietta City Schools’ Board of Education agreed to keep their top educator on board for three more years.

But the decision was not a unanimous one. By a 4 to 1 vote Marietta City Board of Education members extended superintendent Greg Backus's contract for three more years at an annual salary of $95,018.

They say Backus has been instrumental in the district’s five-year plan, which encompasses curriculum, technology, and facilities for Marietta's elementary, middle and high schools.

”The community gave us some feedback and said Mr. Backus has his three and a half years in and is looking to complete a five-year plan, let’s stick with him,” says Jeff Welch of the Marietta School Board.

A renewal of a flood insurance plan was also agreed upon for both Harmer and Phillips schools, which are prone to flooding.

In other news, Marlon Wright, a freshman at Marietta High School, was commended for recognizing an extensive water leak at Washington School and quickly notifying authorities.

They say the $5,000 problem could have been a lot worse if it wasn't for the student’s quick thinking.