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City school board finalizes contract with classified staff

New 3-year agreement includes 1 percent raise

Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education members made quick work of a light agenda Monday evening, which included the acceptance of a new master contract with classified staff members following negotiations with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.

The three-year agreement begins Aug. 1 and runs through July 31, 2016, and includes a 1 percent increase on base salary. Insurance benefits will remain the same for classified staff, which includes custodians, bus drivers and cooks.

“These staff members have not had a raise for three years,” Superintendent Beth Harman noted.

Overall, Mrs. Harman said the negotiation process went very well with the OAPSE.

“They are a great group to meet with and bargain with,” she said.

Negotiations with Bellefontaine Education Association relating to certified staff contracts will begin next week. A finalized agreement could be voted upon by the board as early as the next regular meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, the superintendent said.

During the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center report, member Anne Reames noted her concerns over changes that will be imposed on joint vocational school district boards following the passage of House Bill 59.

A provision included in HB 59 requires career center board members to have “experience as chief financial officers, chief executive officers, human resources managers, or other business and industry professionals.”

City school board members said they are reviewing Ms. Reames’ credentials as they relate to these qualifications. Noting her longtime dedication and passion for working with OHPCC, members said they hope she can continue to serve in this capacity.

Members accepted the resignations of teachers Christopher Schmidt, middle school social studies, and Cari Beth Noah, elementary music, effective July 5 and July 9, respectively. The resignation of Kelli Mitchell, middle school educational aide, also was accepted, effective May 31.

The appointment of Eric Numbers as a middle school math teacher effective Aug. 16 also was approved.

In other action, the board:

• extended a continuing contract to Natalie Grandstaff;

• approved the hire of Robert Harless, second shift custodian, effective July 16; and Lucy LeVan, educational aide, effective Aug. 20;

• approved the payment of a $5,000 extra duty stipend to Shawn Miller for technologist duties at the high school;

• approved the following extended day service contracts for the following individuals: Marlene Ashbaugh, elementary counselor, Jere Daniels, television, and Lindsey Maus, guidance, 5 days; Nicholas Pelfrey, instrumental music, and Katie Rychener, marketing, 10 days; and G. Eric Hamm, Angela Haver, Julie Kurtz and Rebecca O’Rielley, guidance, 20 days;

• accepted the supplemental contract resignations of Davien Roberts, assistant middle school football;

• accepted the supplemental contract resignation of Luke Varner, assistant eighth-grade football, and extended him a contract as assistant seventh-grade football;

• extended the following supplemental contracts: Damon Dixon, assistant eighth-grade football; Kristy Feasel, sophomore class adviser; Brian Hogan, head seventh-grade football; Landon Stapleton, assistant high school boys soccer; and

• approved a resolution to participate in the Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing Council.

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