Approving the resignation of elementary school principal Bonnie Troyer was one of several personnel items addressed by Edon Northwest Local Board of Education during its regular session held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in the School’s Media Center. Superintendent Ed Ewers called the early evening meeting to order with members Jamie Schaffter, Aaron Hake, Dave Wehrle and Dave Haase in attendance; not answering roll was Brad McCrea.
First hired by the District in May 2000 as its high school principal, Mrs. Troyer began serving as Elementary/Middle School principal the fall of 2004. Upon retiring the following year, she was subsequently rehired by the Board for the same (and present) position. Mrs. Troyer’s resignation is effective July 31, 2014, the end of her current contract year.
Additionally that evening, Board members approved the second of two resolutions required to place the District’s Permanent Improvement Renewal Tax Levy on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
Not a new or additional tax for district residents, the five-year, 3.0 mill renewal levy has been approved every time since first being placed before voters in 1990. Monies generated annually by the levy, currently estimated at $114,733, are used for improvements of District assets, covering costs associated with items having a life of five or more years, such as building upkeep, busses, technology, etc.; not salaries or benefits.
Highlights from July Reports to the Board included:
Treasurer Kerry Samples
•Submitted his standard monthly SM2 Report indicating revenues were up one hundred sixty-eight thousand dollars and expenses up two hundred seventy-six thousand dollars for the same twelve-month period as last year. The District is now tracking one hundred eight thousand dollars worse than a year ago; deficit spending totals for the year reached four hundred eleven thousand dollars. (Includes preschool funding which now comes directly to the District (not the Educational Service Center) as well as the program’s expenses; previously, ESC billed the District for the balance due. With the District currently on the Guarantee, no additional funding is available; cash reserves will continue to be “eaten away.”)
•Presented the annual Driver’s Education Report which noted the District program had a positive ending balance of twenty-five hundred dollars; all reserves are maintained for vehicle repairs and replacement. The service ~ which the District is glad to provide ~ not only continues to benefit students but remains cost-effective as well.
Superintendent Ed Ewers
•Noted a replacement pickup truck (put off for two years) and plow will now need to be purchased for the maintenance department; this past winter took its final toll on the equipment. Costs will be covered by the District’s budgeted Maintenance Fund; items could possibly be sold by sealed bid or scrapped out.
•Shared annual bus inspections, along with the high school gymnasium resurfacing and paint touch-up project, are slated for the week of July 14. Additionally, the Media Center will receive a fresh coat of paint from maintenance workers (first since moving in) while a decorative mural and hand-painted quotes (funded by Book Fair proceeds) will also enhance walls throughout the area.
In other routine action, the Board:
•Accepted June Cash Donations from Windwood Hollow ($290 to High School Fund-Golf Outing) and Bennett Seeds ($1,270.09 to Edon FFA from the sale of corn).
•Approved the 2014-2015 Williams County Combined Health Department Nursing Services Contract ($17,656).
•Approved the agreement with Edgerton Local Schools for Four County Career Center bussing during the 2014-2015 school year. (Reimbursement from the district is determined at the end of the school year; last year’s amount totaled approximately $13,500).
•Approved Student Fees and Lunch Prices for the 2014-2015 school year; information will be posted on the District Website. (Most fees remain comparable to last year’s while lunch prices have slightly increased.)
•Approved contracts for 2014-2015 with Connie Allomong (IEC/Independence Education Center Bus Route); Becky Ater (Secretary); Tamara Chrisman (General Cleaning – Dishwasher); Paul Ledyard (Food Service – Cashier); Trevor Thiel (Custodian II) and Karen Wilson (Library/Media Center Aide).
•Approved Classroom Teacher’s Aide Contracts for 2014-2015 with Jack Gensler, Cheryl Jacobs (Title I), Sharla Kirkingburg, Sue LaDuke, Madison Muehlfeld, Noreen Piechocki, Susan Shellhorse, Lynette Skiles, Edith Tennant and Thomasina Zuver. (Required positions are based on classroom needs; no new district positions were added.)
•Accepted the resignation of Brock England as Middle School Math and Language Arts teacher at the end of the current contract year; he has taken a position outside the District.
•Rescinded contracts with Tony Booth (JH Football Coach), Jeff Crowe (JH Football Coach) and Brock England (Varsity Baseball Coach and Assistant Football Coach – Junior Varsity at seventy-five percent) for the 2014-2015 school year.
•Approved supplemental contracts with Tony Booth (Assistant Football Coach – Junior Varsity at seventy-five percent) and Jordan Bower (Junior High Football Coach) for the 2014-2015 school year.
•Approved employment of substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals from Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) 2014-2015 lists; also included are any addendums to the original lists.
•Approved minutes from the June 19 regular meeting, June’s Financial Reports, the Certificate of the Total Amount From All Sources Available for Expenditures for FY 2015 and Temporary Appropriation additions and corrections for FY 2015 as presented by Treasurer Samples.
•Voted to enter into Executive Session for the expressed purpose of discussing employment of personnel; no action was taken before adjourning for the evening.
The next regular monthly meeting of the Edon Northwest Local Board of Education will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the school’s Media Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.