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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 2:35 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

OAKWOOD – In the business portion of the Paulding Exempted Village School Board meeting on April 29, the board approved calamity days, eliminated some teaching positions, teacher transfers and other school personnel actions for 2014-15.

A resolution to approve the elimination of five teaching positions for next year unanimously passed. Four posts that have been eliminated are: a Paulding Elementary Title I teacher and a fourth grade teacher, middle school science teacher and high school 0.5 social studies teacher. The fifth was considered separately.

Prior to the vote, third grade teacher Anna Wilhelm asked the board to reconsider the elimination of a third grade teacher at Paulding Elementary. She told the board that additional state testing being required next year and having more students in each class will make it extremely difficult to reach their goals.

After hearing from Wilhelm, the board voted 3-2 to go ahead and eliminate a third grade position.

The calamity day resolution received a 4-1 vote with Greg Reinhart being the dissenting vote. With the approval of four additional calamity days and after making up the four required contingency days, the last day for students is scheduled for May 27.

A resolution was approved to send approximately 60 junior and senior students, two or more staff members and chaperones by charter bus, to Washington, D.C. on April 19-22, 2015. The cost is $799 per student, which is funded by each student and fundraisers.

Recommendations by Superintendent Bill Hanak to approve the following personnel effective for the 2014-15 school year were approved:

One-year limited contracts for Elizabeth Frankart-Tolson, Jennifer Miller, Lisa Straley, Deitra Miller, Debra Papasakis.

Accepted the resignation of Elyse Myers and Greg Jeffery effective April 18.

Resume the continuing contract for Penny Clippinger, bus driver, effective April 22.

Suspend the contract of Jeanne Windsor, middle school science teacher, due to the elimination of the position.

Faculty contracts approved for the next school year included: two-year contracts - Kyle Coleman, Megan Crawford, Britini Dunlap, Katie Frey, Kelsi Grime, Brian Jacobs and Sara Shea; three-year contracts - Mark Ball, Don Clark, Jessica Fohner, and Anna Wilhelm; five-year contracts - Jody Dunham, McKayla Jackson, Amanda Hiser and Beth Stoller.

Classified personnel approved for two-year contracts were Joann Bail, Carrie Jones, Tiffany Kremer, Angela Laker, Alicia Plotts, and Lacey Sanders. Nicholas Michel received a confidential personnel two-year contract.

Extended guidance contracts allow time to update student files, prepare schedules, process recommendations for scholarships, employment and advanced education, individual counseling. They were given to Michael Leach, 20 days; Brett Foster, 20 days; and Tricia Langhals, 7.5 days.

Library contracts are also extended, to allow book inventory, ordering new materials, checking in new books. Contracts went to Ellen Williams, Ann Wilhelm, Jackie Pease and Sandy Arellano.

Names of substitute support staff added for the remainder of the school year are: Ashley Anastacio, Dave Foltz, Cindy Raub, bus driver training; Ben Barton, bus driver training and custodian; Adina Houser, bus driver training, custodian, food service; Jeffery Holtsberry, bus driver; and Jandra Kilgore, custodian.

Nicholas Hitchcock and Brad Matson were hired as summer technology help as needed at current minimum wage.

Hailey Phillips was contracted as Middle School Intervention Specialist, effective 2014-15, pending records.

Bernice Meadows’ teacher aide position was extended past the 2013-14 school year.

One-year limited extracurricular contracts went to: Tyler Arend, Matt Mead, Jeff Price, Justin Tope - high school football assistants; Jon Thomas, Eric Deisler - junior high head coach (50%); Rob Kesler, Daniel Miles - junior high assistant coach; varsity head football coach Kyle Coleman; varsity cross country head coach Hayden Krick; boys’ varsity golf head coach Steve Heilshorn and girls’ varsity golf head coach Mike Miller.

Transfers were approved for: Erin Weber from preschool to third grade at Oakwood; Andrea Maidlow will remain as Oakwood Elementary intervention specialist; Britini Dunlap from middle school intervention specialist to Oakwood Elementary preschool; Mark Ball from Paulding Elementary Title I to middle school intervention specialist.

Other transfers included: Penny Clippinger from Paulding Elementary second shift custodial to high school/middle school four hour custodial; Michelle Boundy from high school second shift custodial to Paulding Elementary second shift custodial; Alane Densmore from Paulding Elementary second shift custodial to high school second shift custodial; and Carrie Jones from three-hour cook/server to Paulding Elementary second shift custodial, effective April 30.

Creation of funds and accounts for revenues and expenses were okayed for resident educator Race to the Top grant, $2,800; Title III grant, $415.52; and Beverly Saylor Memorial fund, $280,584.61.

In other business the board eliminated of one Paulding Elementary three-hour cook server due to lack of funds; heard Superintendent Hanak’s report that the Safe Routes to Schools will begin at the end of 2015; and approved the use of Mercy Defiance Clinic for all bus driver physicals.