Administrative contracts, district calendar approved

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Ohio Hi-Point school board members Wednesday in a regular meeting approved several administrative contracts as well as next year’s school calendar, which implements a calamity day tactic never before employed by the district.

Administrative contracts were approved for John Case, technology coordinator, $89,966; Jonathan Henry, career/technical education supervisor, $82,034; Teresa Bodey, satellite program supervisor, $82,034; Donald Jaunzemis, business operations coordinator, $74,600; Caleb Lang, academic supervisor, $82,034; Robert Walker, facilities and grounds supervisor, $87,345; and Debra Wortman, satellite director, $104,252.

Each of the contracts is effective July 1 through June 30, 2016, except for Ms. Bodey and Mr. Walker’s contract, which are effective through 2015, and Ms. Wortman’s contract, which is effective through 2017.

The 2014-15 district calendar also garnered board approval. It includes up to five days built within the calendar that could be used to make up for any extra school missed because of snow.

This year marks the first time the school board has ever adopted such a contingency into its schedule.

Possible make-up days include Feb. 16, March 30 and 31, April 1 and May 29.

The school board also adopted a resolution that would pave the way for three additional calamity days, if necessary. A “blizzard bag” resolution gives Hi-Point up to three more calamity days by allowing teachers to develop lesson plans that may be done at home in the event school has to close because of inclement weather.

“Calamity,” or “snow days” remain popular terms, but the law, beginning next year, counts the number of hours districts are in session, not the number of days, Superintendent Jeff Price said, pointing out that two-hour delays will count against the minimum number of educational hours.

Schools must be in session a total of 1,000 hours. Ohio Hi-Point has scheduled 1,058 hours of education for 2014-15. Most traditional public schools have scheduled about 1,200 hours or more, Mr. Price said.

The first day of school is Aug. 19. The last scheduled day for teachers next year is June 3, 2015.

The school board conducted an executive session to discuss employment and compensation of personnel.

In other action, board members accepted/approved:

• donation of 11 Macbook computers to the Madison/Champaign County ESC Alternative School; and

• resignation of West Mansfield head custodian Marilyn Foos, effective May 15 for personal reasons;

The next regular meeting is June 18.