Board accepts resignations; hires new employees

By Melanie Speicher - [email protected]

SIDNEY — The resignations of two Sidney City Schools staff members were accepted and seven new employees were welcomed to the district during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

The board accepted the resignations of Karen McRill, transition coordinator, and Kelly Kidd, Sidney High School English teacher. McRill has been hired by Fairlawn Local Schools as its elementary guidance counselor. Kidd is leaving the district to teach in the Sprinboro School District.

Certified employees receiving one-year contracts were:

• Donovan Gregory, SHS social studies teacher, $36,473. Gregory is a SHS and Bowling Green State University graduate.

• Raquel Martin, elementary intervention specialist, $54,345 She is also a SHS graduate and has been teaching for seven years at Tipp City Schools.

• Kelly Gagnet, auxiliary services teacher, $32.86 per hour. She teaches at Holy Angels in the Title program. This is an annual contract the board has to approve.

• Josh Billing, SHS intervention specialist, $47,780. He has been an IS teacher at Hardin-Houston School District.

Classified employees receiving one-year contracts were:

• Julie Slaybaugh, MD aide at Sidney High School, $15.98 per hour. She had been employed at the Nicholas School as an aide.

• Tabitha Hughes, aide, $14.23 per hour. She will be an aide at Sidney Alternative School.

The board also approved the purchased service agreement for the school resource officer for SHS. The cost to the district will be $45,000, an increase of $5,000 from the 2015-16 school year, said Watkins. Anthony Cipollone services as the SRO officer.

A second purchased service agreement was approved for school security officers for the district. School security officers are placed at each building in the district — Rick Cron, Britton Morris, Mike Henry, Chuck Shepherd, Rod Austin and Doug Schlagetter.

Substitute security officers approved were David Spicer, Brad Boyd, Joel March, John Pence, Lew Warbington, Matt Luthman, Jeanne Swob, Kyle Gee, Trea Honeycutt, James Richardson, Cami Frey, Chris VanMeter, Wil Benson, Mark Henman, Kevin Hammergren and Tyler Renner.

School event security officers approved were Rod Austin, Wil Benson, Rick Cron, Mark Henman, Mike Henry, Doug Schlagetter, Chuck Shepherd, Lynn Marsee, John Pence, David Spicer, Brian Strunk and Anthony Cipollone.

Treasurer Mike Watkins said the district paid approximately $170,000 for the 2015-16 school year for the services.

“It’s a blessing to have people who want to help us,” said Board President Bill Ankney.

He thanked the staff members for welcoming the officers into the building

In other business, the board:

• Held a public meeting for the IDEA Part B program.

• Transferred $65,000 from the general fund to the capital projects fund for turf and track replacement; and $20,000 from the general fund to EMIS fund.

• Approved a contract with the Ohio School Plan administered by Hylant Administrative Services LLC for the district’s property, fleet and liability insurance from July 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017, at a cost of $100,736. Watkins said this an increase of $8,000 from last year.

• Approved the license renewal with WORKS International for Public School Works, effective June 2016 to June 2017 at a cost of $16,320. This is for software for employee education requirements, work orders for maintenance and student discipline reports. The fee is based on the number of students and employees in the district.

• Approved a resolution declaring transportation to be impractical for one student to be transported to Troy Christian High School. The student will be a junior this year and the parent will transport the student.

• Adopted school fees for the 2016-17 school year. Fees for kindergarten through eighth-grade is $35. Fees for grades nine to 12 depends on the classes the students are taking.

• Adopted a board policy for a standard-based school counselor evaluation.

• Approved an out-of-state trip for the SHS varsity football team to the University of Kentucky July 15-16. The expenses were paid for by Vespa, Football Moms and the players. Superintendent John Scheu apologized for not having the item on the agenda prior to the trip.

• Appointed Ankney as school board representative and Paul Heins as the alternate to the Ohio School Boards Association convention in November 2016.

• Approved a special meeting for Friday, July 22, at 7 a.m. for personnel items.

The board’s next regular meeting will be held Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the board office.

By Melanie Speicher

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822; follow her on Twitter @MelSpeicherSDN. Follow the SDN on Facebook,

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