SA administrator contracts renewed

Authored by Manda Arnold on Jun 15, 2012

The South Adams School Board wrapped up the 2011-2012 school year business during their board meeting on Tuesday and approved some business looking forward to the upcoming school year.
Upon the recommendation of superintendent Scott Litwiller, the board approved the renewal of the administrative contracts for Trent Lehman, Jeff Rich, and Brian Strauss for the 2012-2013 school year. This renewal is for a 2-year contract.
“All three principals have proven to be effective instructional leaders,” said Litwiller.
In personnel news, the board accepted the resignation of Dawn Grimm as seventh grade basketball coach. The board was also informed of two transfers within the school. Erin McKean has transferred to elementary school Title I from middle school Title I, and JD Keller transferred to elementary school Title I from Technology Interventionist. No approval was needed from the board for these transfers as monies for these positions stayed within the Title I funds.
There were several employments approved by the board. Teresa Greenway was approved as a cook to replace Tammy Alig and Joan Morgan. Mary Highley will be replacing Karen Martin as a library aid, and Emily Cook was approved as an elementary teacher replacing Andy Sommer in Reading Recovery (Title I). Valerie Yoder will be a full-time aide replacing Emily Cook (Title I), and Brett Freeman was approved as a teacher replacing Erin McKean in middle school Title I.
Coaches approved were Brett Freeman as girls varsity basketball head coach, Ryan Thomas as junior varsity boys basketball coach, and Amie Sprunger as girls varsity volleyball head coach.
Summer school teachers approved were Lois Bailey, elementary school, Sandy Sprunger, elementary school, and Susie Amstutz, middle school as Jump Start teachers for rising second through ninth grade students. Lonnie Teeple was approved as the Wilson Reading teacher for rising third through eighth grade students. Summer school will run from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. from July 16 through August 3. Susie Amstutz was hired as a teacher and Judy Rigby as an aide for Migrant Fall Extension/Summer Schools as the needs are determined by the number of migrant students who arrive before school begins on August. 14.
The board also officially approved the hiring of the former Adams-Wells teachers and aides as full-time South Adams employees. The teachers are Wendy Baumer, elementary school intense; Anne Gase, speech; Joshua Hendrixson, high school resource; Jody Lengerich, middle school resource; Lauriean Poindexter, high school intense; Laura Scheiner, middle school/high school Life Skills; Lynnette Sell, pre-school; Lonnie Teeple, elementary resource. Aides are Tammy Balsiger, elementary school; Rebecca Caffee, middle school; Joanne Ehrman, pre-school; Bobbie Feaster, speech assistant; Crystal Haines, pre-school; Jane Hirschy, elementary school; Chad Hunter, high school; Jane Miller, high school; Deborah Renner, elementary school; Donna Roth, student specific; Verena Sutton, high school; Jocelyn “Jody” Zerby, high school; and two open additional aide positions.
In business news, the board approved the resolution to recover tax revenue due to a Department of Local Governement Finance (DLGF) error in calculating the Capital Project Fund revenue.
In March, public schools were notified that the DLGF incorrectly figured the certified levy for the Capital Projects Funds. The legislators corrected the miscalculation with a bill, HEA 1072, which allows schools to recover the difference by receiving an interest-free loan from the state general fund this summer. To repay the loan, schools must agree to pay it back in 2013 from the debt service fund. South Adams received documentation from the Office of Management and Budget concerning the debt service fund. According to the letter, South Adams was shorted $24,842.
The board approved the recommendation of Litwiller to declare 90-120 old computer desks as surplus equipment according to Policy #7317 and to be sold to the public. Revenue from the sold desks will be deposited into the Capital Project Fund.
Based on South Adams Schools Rainy Day Fund Resolution, Litwiller recommended the transfer of $450,000 from the Transportation Fund to the Rainy Day Fund. This transfer is in accordance with the guidelines stated in the resolution.
The board confirmed their approval of the bus replacement fund last fall by ratifying the ordering of a new bus. Mark Cook ordered a new 78-passenger bus on May 29. This order follows the school bus replacement plan. The cost of the bus is $85,537. The school received $4,000 on a trade-in.
The board approved changes for classified personnel wages for 2012-2013. As in the past, a 10-cent/hour longevity increase has been added to all classified staff. They also raised the base hourly rate for extra-curricular activity trips for bus drivers from $9.29 to $10 for out of district trips and from $11.43 to $11.50 for in district trips.
Finally, the Waterford Aide position was changed from two part-time positions to one full-time position to try to stabilize the staff. Last year, there were three different people in that part-time position. Jolene Wynn, who was the steady morning Waterford aide last year, has accepted the full-time position.

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