NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The Newcomerstown Exempted Village Board of Education approved the contract extension for Superintendent Jeff Staggs, July 13. The board, on a 4-to-1 vote, approved the contract extension for Staggs through July 31, 2012. Board member Tammy Rexroad voted against Staggs' contract extension. Staggs' salary for the 2009-2010 school year is $97,810.In related business, Beth Hammersley was approved as interim superintendent in the absence of Superintendent Staggs from the school district while attending meetings or incapacitated for the 2009-2010 school year.The board also approved, on an urgent and necessary basis, the purchase of a radio tower and radios for the school buses from Staley Electronics in New Philadelphia. In other business, the board approved:* Participation in the Ohio Department of Education Free and Reduced Price Breakfast and Lunch Programs and the purchase of USDA Commodities at reduced prices through the free and reduced price breakfast and lunch programs for the upcoming school year.* Employment of Kristen Casteel as an instructional aide at East Elementary at $11,546 for a one year-contract. * Employment of Linda Mullens as the food service director with an annual salary of $25,000.The board will meet again Monday, Aug. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room at Newcomerstown High School.