By: Bill O’Connell
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Contract renewals and two key resignations were the main focus of the Delta School Board in their session held on June 29, 2016. There were over 80 contract renewals including three certified contracts, one non-certified contract, 39 non-athletic supplemental contracts and 40 athletic contracts. All were approved unanimously by the board.
Additionally, two new certified contracts, one for Jeff Mazurowski as an Elementary School Intervention Specialist and the other for Sam Carrisalez as a fourth grade teacher, were approved as well.
Two significant resignations were submitted to the board for approval. Jennifer Gill, school psychologist, resigned to take a similar position in another school district with an effective date of July 31, 2016. Eric Soltis, Treasurer/CFO, also resigned with an effective date of July 31, 2016 to take a similar position within the Xenia, Ohio school district.
In his resignation letter to the board, Mr. Soltis cited several financial accomplishments that were achieved during his tenure including saving the Delta taxpayers nearly $2,000,000 with successful bond refinancing, eliminating deficit spending and increasing the general fund cash balance from $836,000 to a projected $3,000,000 over the last three fiscal years.
“Words cannot express how thankful I am for the wonderful opportunity I’ve had to serve as the treasurer/CFO of the Pike-Delta-York School District,” said Mr. Soltis. “I wish the district nothing but the best and continued success for the future.”
With Mr. Soltis’s departure, the Board approved a contract with the Northern Buckeye Educational Council (NBEC) to provide temporary fiscal services on an as-needed basis beginning July 1, 2016 and ending on or before October 31, 2016. The Board also contracted with NBEC to conduct a search for a new treasurer/CFO at a cost of $500 plus expenses.
In other news, a Blue Bird 9-Passenger Van will be purchased from Cardinal Bus Sales and Services of Lima for a cost of $42,556. Pike-Delta-York will also enter into an agreement with the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center at a cost of $38.00 per weekday for students assigned by the court system during the 2016-2017 school year.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2016 at 6:30 PM.
Bill O’Connell may be reached at