Eastern board wraps up year-end business

Substitutes approved, superintendent search continues

By Michael Hart - For The Daily Sentinel

REEDSVILLE — The Eastern Local Board of Education kicked off their April 27 meeting with an agenda inundated with hirings and contract renewals.

The board also dealt with minor financial items and announced the tentative list of graduating seniors.

First on the agenda was a first reading of updated policies and bylaws and consent for the Archery Club Lettering Policy. Ohio Graduation Test seminars will take place June 13-24 and Summer School will run May 31 to June 30. Summer classes will be offered online via the Jefferson County Virtual Learning Academy.

Providers Windstream and Swango were OK’d for Telephone and Structured Cabling Services, respectively. Renewal rates for participants in the Jefferson Health will see a 4.72 percent increase in premium.

As typical for end-of-the-year meetings, a large number of personnel moves took place.

Several people were approved for substitute positions the remainder of the 2015-16 school year, including Jeremy Ludemann and Alex Seletyn as teachers, Candy Dailey and Rachel Lee as custodians, Sherri Sisson as a custodian and secretary, Lester Parker as a substitute custodian and mechanic, and Mary Knopp as a secretary and cook.

For the 2016-17 school year, Joshua Mummey received a supplemental contract as the Summer Fitness Center supervisor.

The board approved certified and classified substitutes for the upcoming school year on an as-needed basis. Certified persons were: John G. Bailey, John Bell, Elizabeth Blanchard, Robert Brooks, Cynthia Chadwell, Jessica Davis, Pam Douthitt, Cynthia Facemyer, Betsy Jones, Lori Mugrage, Olivia Pokas, Braden Prater, Nancy Scarbrough, Jack Sigman Sr., Susan Tuttle, Randy Wachter, Debbie Weber, Talia Will and Richard Wilson.

Classified persons approved were: Mary Bradbury, Dawn Allen, Vicki Carter, Larry Cowdery, Rylee Creeger, Candy Dailey, Angela Damewood, Hazel Guess, Frances Harrison, Marandia Johnson, Susan Karr, Mary Knopp, Rachel Lee, Shilo Little, Robert Lute, Ryland Michael, Joe Parker, Lester Parker, Connie Rankin, Leslie Rayburn, Gregory Satterfield, Tabitha Savoy, Sherri Sisson and Angela Spencer.

Two-year contracts were approved for Nick Dettwiller, Joshua Mummey, Katherine Williams, Patrece Beegle, Patrick Filipiak, Darcy Ringer, Jeremy Hill, William Salyer, Jamie Atha, Melinda Bradford, Roberta Harbour, Maranda Bush, Yelena Conley, Ashlee Love, Lester Parker, Laura Ross and Sherri Sisson.

A three-year contract was issued to David Waters. Five-year contracts were given to Rachel Marten, Kristen Dettwiller, Debbie Barber, Angie Rigsby, Lorre Hill and Christine Wilson, and Lori Litchfield received a continuing contract.

The resignation of Ashley Sutton, intervention specialist for Eastern Local Schools, was accepted as effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Some paraprofessionals received non-renewals, the board citing a lack of federal funding. “Reasonable assurance” was given that there will be an opportunity to rehire in the same capacity in time for the 2016-17 school year. Those non-renewed were Kathy Barrett, Tammy Browning, Paula Buckley, Janet Hoffman, Romayne Martindale and Lori Mugrage.

Eastern districts graduation is May 22; Senior students listed for graduation were Cara Lea Amos, Morgan Elisse Barringer, Ty Jordan Bissell, Jacob Matthew Brewer, Rachel Ann Brooks, Kathlyne Suzanne Buchanan, Jamie Rana Card, Abigail Faith Causey, Andrew Trey Coates, Tiffany Renee Colburn, Zachary Garrett Joseph Connolly, Dalton Chase Curtis, Preston Gene Denney, Megan Kay Douglas, Sean Patrick Evans, Kaylee Lynn Marie Goff, Nichole Elizabeth Golden, Sydney Claire Grueser, Alexandria Maye Grueser, Dylan Michael Haynes, Kelsey Brooke Johnson, Holly Marie Johnson, Ross Less Keller, Kourtney Dawn Lawrence, Brittney Noelle Leach, Austin Edmond Life, Elisha Charles Martindale, Megan Nicole Miller, Jesse James Morris, Tanner Mykael Palmer, Cameron Brenton Richmond, Reagan Monroe Rucker, Emily Gayle Sinclair, Dillon Brooks Swatzel, Kayla Rene Tripp, Makya Elise Trussell and Charles Chase Williams.

Superintendent candidates were interviewed May 2 in a special meeting.

The next regular meeting of the Eastern board in set for 6:30 p.m. May 18 in the library conference room.

Substitutes approved, superintendent search continues

By Michael Hart

For The Daily Sentinel