Sidney BOE completes staffing for 2016-17 school year

By Melanie Speicher - [email protected]

SIDNEY — Staffing for the 2016-17 school year for Sidney City Schools is complete.

The Board of Education met in special session Friday morning to approve contracts for the final vacancies in the district. All contracts were for one-year in length.

Two certified staff members were hired for the teaching staff.

Leah Fullenkamp was hired as the elementary intervention specialist. She will be paid $56,166. Superintendent John Scheu said Fullenkamp is currently a teacher with the Piqua City Schools.

Nicole Colarusso was hired as a Sidney High School English teacher. She will be paid $36,473. She is a recent University of Dayton graduate.

“We had an unexpected resignation and we had three good candidates for the position,” said Scheu.

The high school English department and administration interviewed the candidates, he said, and gave him the names of their top two candidates. Scheu interviewed both people Thursday.

“I called Nicole’s University of Dayton professor who listed all her attributes,” said Scheu.

The professor, he said, said Colarusso was in the top five students she had ever had.

“She’s from Cleveland and she spent yesterday here with her dad and they looked around,” said Scheu. “When she found out she got the job, they were in the parking lot hugging. It was very heartwarming to see them.”

The district has 21 new teachers for the upcoming school year.

The board also hired two classified employees and awarded them one-year contracts.

John Bohling was hired as a maintenance staff member. He will be paid $23.68 per hour.

“We were impressed with his HVCA certificate,” said Scheu. “He’s also been an electrician since he was 17. He currently lives in Huntsville but will be relocating to Sidney in the near future.”

Melissa Kinnison was hired as a bus driver. She will e paid $18.60 per hour. Kinnison had formerly been employed by the district until she moved out-of-state, said Scheu. She recently moved back and had been working for Shelby County transit.

“We’re glad to have her back,” said Scheu.

Supplemental contracts for the ELL Summer Camp were given to Donna Jones and Amy Stratton. They will be paid $26 per hour. The ELL Summer Camp is a program that is held right before school starts to help students get back into the school routine. There are 25 students signed up for the program.

The board’s next regular meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 15, at 5:40 p.m. at the board of education 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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