SA board approves staffing changes

Authored by Manda Arnold on May 14, 2014

The South Adams School Board was informed of and approved several staffing changes for next school year during Tuesday evening’s regularly scheduled meeting.
In a report given by superintendent Scott Litwiller, the board was informed of changes made within the school to accommodate the declining enrollment numbers and subsequent declining general fund. Tracy Donaghy will move from the third grade to the open first grade position. Her position is posted, and South Adams Elementary principal Shellie Miller should be making a decision shortly as to who will fill that position. Lisa Sheets will move from high school English to the seventh grade Language Arts position. Sheets’ position at the high school will be able to be filled within the school’s current teachers.
Upon the recommendation of Litwiller, the board unanimously approved not filling the open Family and Consumer Science (FACS) position. The position became open when the board approved the retirement of Deb Hosier during last month’s board meeting. According to Litwiller, the board has only received two applications and one inquiry about the position. Neither applicant had the required degree to fulfill the culinary arts and early childhood development needs of the class. Litwiller stated that students who are interested in FACS classes would still have the option of participating in the Area 18 CTE classes at neighboring high schools. The early childhood development class is at Bellmont High School, and the culinary arts class is at Bluffton High School.
Litwiller finished his report by summarizing what the teaching staff will look like next year. In the third and fifth grades, there will be four teachers instead of five. In the high school, there will be 3 ½ teachers instead of 4, and 1 ½ World Language middle school and high school teachers instead of 2. The ½ teachers in each of these areas will constitute one full-time employee.
In other personnel news, the board approved the resignation of third grade teacher Matt Loshe. Loshe lives in Fort Wayne and has accepted a similar position in the Southwest Allen County school system where his daughters attend. Litwiller also recommended not filling his open position. The board also approved the resignations of Jeff and Tami Sprunger as middle school swim coaches and Becky Caffee as a special ed bus aide. Caffee is a special aide at South Adams and has helped as a special ed bus aide the last few years. She will remain a special ed aide at school but will not longer be helping on the wheelchair bus.
The one retirement approved by the board, also within the special ed department, was for Deb Renner, a special ed aide and bus aide. Renner has worked with special needs students for 21 years at various schools throughout Adams and Wells counties and has spent 12 of those years at South Adams.
The board approved the several employments for the summer months at South Adams. Andy Brown will be the IREAD teacher for third grade students who did not pass the IREAD test. Craig McKean will be teaching Algebra 1 Remediation and Credit Recovery. Curt Amstutz and Steve Tatman were approved for high school Credit Recovery and Credit Advancement. Jason Shuck will be fulfilling his extended contract and teaching Supervised Ag Experience throughout the summer, and Myron Schwartz will be having a driver’s ed class this summer if enough students sign up.
The board also hired three high school students to work as custodians throughout the summer. Daniel Steffen, Sarah Schwartz, and Gabe Perry will be working part-time helping the custodians. They will all work 19 hours a week. Steffen will work for 10 weeks, and Schwartz and Perry will work for five weeks.

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