By Lynne Phillips
Eric Yetter was hired as the New London High School Principal by the Board of Education during Monday night’s meeting.
Yetter, according to superintendent Brad Romano, comes to the district with a significant amount of administrative experience.
“Yetter has eight years experience as a middle school principal, so we are excited to have his experience as well as his overall knowledge to move the high school forward,” Romano said.
He assumes his position effective Aug. 1. and will be paid $82,500 per year.
Board members approved three to one, the implementation of the reduction in force of one health aide position, effective June 30.
Ohio Association of Public School Employees representative Marilyn Kamm read a letter from the individual currently holding the health aid position and asked the board to reconsider the reduction in force action. Kamm stated, she felt the decision was not in the best interest of the school.
The parent of a student in the district with significant health issues questioned how the school was going to handle medical issues with the reduction of the health aid position.
Romano said the district will partner with University Hospital for a registered nurse with a school nurse license in the clinic. “Every day that students are here the nurse will be here. In addition they will be here for staff professional development days as they will provide professional learning for our staff in some different areas.”
He said UH is in the process of screening candidates for the position.
Board members approved a purchase service agreement with University Health Systems to provide registered nurse/nursing services, not to exceed 1,600 hours per year, effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 at a cost of $35 per hour.
The following personnel recommendations were approved.
All contracts are presented in accordance with the approved labor agreements per the adopted salary schedules. Recommended actions for supplemental and extended service contracts are presented in accordance with the negotiated agreement per the adopted salary schedule with notation of automatic non-renewal. All positions are pending proper certifications.
- Five extended days for Eric Yetter to be used during the month of July at his daily rate.
- HESE Optional Insurance Plan for administrative and exempt staff, with the same incentives and benefits as negotiated with district’s unions.
- One year limited contracts were approved for Abigail Skolnik and Jasmine Kohne.
- A 1.5 percent increase to the salaries for administrators for the upcoming school year.
- A one year contract renewal for Scott Hansen to maintenance/custodial.
- Supplemental contracts for Tyler Cawrse, assistant cross country; Phil Albaugh, middle school cross country; Eric Mitchell, high football; Zach Ringler, assistant varsity volleyball; Deb Rowland, assistant eighth grade volleyball and Liz Ohm, seventh grade volleyball.
- Pupil Activity contracts for Jon Harrison and Tim Carbone, middle school football; Jake Underwood and Justin Baker, high school football.
- Volunteer coaches Emma Cramer, cross country; Gabe Heilman, Raymar Davidson and Jacob Molnar, football.
Operational actions were approved as follows:
- A service agreement with Great Lakes Biomedical for the purpose of drug testing for eligible students.
- High school and middle school class fees for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Vendor contracts for the 2018-2019 school year for OdysseWare $9,750, NWEA MAPS not to exceed $2,500, No Red Ink not to exceed $4,650 and Epiphany Management Group $22,000.
- A memorandum of understanding for the purpose of participation in Project SEARCH of Lorain County for the 2018-2019 school year.
SEARCH is a special education program transitioning from school to work.
- The establishment of the Deven Phillips Memorial Scholarship.
- A quote from Stanley Securities for access control enhancements not to exceed $49,181.50.
- A memorandum of understanding and interagency/transition Agreement between Huron County Board of Development Disabilities, huron County Help Me Grow/Early Intervention, Community Action Commission of Erie, Huron and Richland Counties, Inc. Head Start Program, Teaching & Mentoring Communities Head Start Program regarding provision of services for children with disabilities and without disabilities, birth through entrance to kindergarten enrolled in Head Start Programs, effective July 2018 through June 2020.
Treasurer Jim Hudson reported the district has earned $6,901 in interest in the month of May. He noted that amount is a five percent increase from April.
Investment earnings have averaged 12.8 percent from January through May. “We are just under that $30,000 mark and we are far beyond where we were last year,” he stated.
Treasurer recommendations were approved as follows:
- Donations from Spencer Signs of $375 to track, anonymous $20 to band and Gabby Ledbetter $10 to TLC.
- Monthly financial reports as presented.
- Then and Now/Recertifications: Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities $2,731.57, North Central State College bookstore $508.74, Armoz Fire Protection $2,632, CDW-G $5,186.65, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services $354.07, Firelands Electric $1,319.36 and Kids Read Now $6,500.
- Final appropriations resolution for fiscal year 2017-2018 and authorize the treasurer to make any necessary adjustment to close the fiscal year.
- Approve the certificate of estimated resources for fiscal year 2017-2018 and authorize the treasurer to make any adjustment to close the fiscal year.
- Temporary appropriations resolution for fiscal year 2018-2019.
- Transfers/Advances as of June 13, 2018 to various funds and to make necessary adjustments to close the fiscal year.
- Inventory/Equipment disposal.
- A one year contract with Ohio School Plan for the district’s liability and property coverage at a cost of $469,159.
- Service agreement with the Central Ohio Medical Review, LLC.
As part of his superintendent’s report Romano updated the board on the district’s electronic device replacement plan as well as the possibility of instituting a year technology fee.
He also reported on the state required Second Semester Bully Report. The report as been uploaded on to the district web page.
Board members adjourned their regular meeting for an executive session to discuss consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public employee or official and to prepare for, conducting or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.
New London’s Board of Education meets regularly on the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the board office in the conference room.