SIDNEY — A new business operations manager was hired by the Sidney City Schools Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting.
Jerry Harmon, retired Jackson Center Schools superintendent, received the board’s approve to be the new manager. His contract is effective Oct. 12, 2016 through July 31, 2016. He will be paid up to 193 days at a prorated salary of up to $70136.
Harmon replaces Eric Finke, who resigned at the Oct. 3 meeting. Finke had been director of operations, technology and transportation. His resignation was effective Oct. 31. He was placed on paid administrative leave until his resignation becomes effective.
The technology director portion of Finke’s job title has been assumed by John Michalos, network engineer for the district.
Superintendent John Scheu reviewed all the positions Harmon has held within the district. He had been the principal at Parkwood and Northwood schools and had served as interim superintendent and interim high school principal.
“I believe he can fill in well for the rest of the school year,” said Scheu.
Harmon’s salary is based on the first step business manager’s position. He will be paid on a per diem basis.
In other personnel items, the board:
• Accepted the resignation due to retirement of Anita Barton, Sidney High school counselor, effective May 31. She has been in education for 31 years, 20 of those with Sidney City Schools.
• Approved Jennifer Fox, Aubrey Rodriguez, Jaclyn Willoughby and Nicolle Marchus as substitute teachers at $90 per day.
• Approved Bret Kittle as a substitute aide at $11.01 per hour and a substitute custodian at $13.19 per hour. Kittle is a retired Sidney Fire Department firefighter.
• Went into executive session to consider the employment (evaluation) of an employee/official of the district. No action was taken.
Treasurer Mike Watkins reviewed the financial reports for September 2016. He said the salaries and benefits were $54,000 more than what had been budgeted. The salaries were less but the benefits were higher as employee’s attendance bonuses were paid. The employees are paid if they don’t use their three personal days during the school year.
Watkins said the purchased services, supplies and miscellaneous were less than had been forecast.
“We are attacking things that need to be done,” said Watkins of the capital outlay items.
Watkins said the district is seeing more funds going out for the college credit plus classes students are taking. He said the district paid $70,000-60,000 for the first semester classes.
“It could be the same for the second semester,” said Watkins.
The board’s next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the board office.
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