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Education

June 18, 2013

Centerville School Board approves several resignations, new employment contracts

The Centerville School Board held a regular meeting and public hearing on Tuesday, June 11.

The public hearing, held first, regarded the sale of the Cincinnati and Mystic Elementary buildings. The cities of Cincinnati and Mystic have both offered to purchase their respective buildings. There was no public input. The board then adjourned to the regular meeting.

The regular meeting got underway with new School Board President Rich Roos presiding.

The board approved including the Athletic Director position as a half-time position split with a half-time position as an assistant principal at Centerville High School. The board also decided to change Athletic Director to Activities Director. Board members Marty Braster and Bill Matkovich voted no.

The board then discussed revisiting the non-certified/hourly pay matrix since allowable growth was approved by the state legislature. The board was interested in improving the pay matrix to be more competitive with other local businesses starting wages. No decision was made, but the board directed Superintendent Tony Ryan to see how much increasing the pay matrix would cost.

The board members next approved the purchase of new math textbooks for kindergarten through fifth grade and language arts textbooks for kindergarten through sixth grade. The board had seen examples of the proposed math books at their previous meeting. The math books will be paid for in fiscal year 2013 and the language arts books in fiscal year 2014.

The board then discussed sharing librarian services with the Moulton-Udell School District. At this time Moulton-Udell decided to keep the same agreement they already had with Centerville of sharing 28 days a year, but said they might like to increase the time next year.

In new business, the board approved the resignations of Robyn McClurg, Emily Smith, Rod Campbell and Rich Gander and the retirement of Phyllis Tracy. They also approved the transfer of Brooke Johnson from a shared position with Moravia to a full-time position in Centerville. Contracts were also signed with Jill Manning, Richard England, Kolby Were, Olivia Starcevich, Jennifer Appler, Tim Kaster, Brandon Clark, Jonathan Kovacavich, Karen Matherly, Greg Lowe and Stacey Zaputil. The board also approved the contract for the new K-2 counselor, Megan Kirkland. Kirkland will also be taking over the K-2 TAG classes.

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