HANOVERTON - A three-year contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees and United Local schools was unanimously approved by the school board on Wednesday.
OAPSE, AFSCME/AFL-CIO, Chapter 219 represents about 37 classified, custodial, cafeteria and bus driver employees and the contract is effective retroactively to Aug. 1 and runs to 2015.
Treasurer Kathy Davies said the contract has no change to the basic "step" rates across the board, but has a $750 annual payment to each employee while increasing the monthly insurance co-payment premium from six to 11 percent.
She said the two sides negotiated since July and the union signed the agreement earlier this month.
Bill Thompson, president of OAPSE Chapter 219 said, "I'm pleased at how everything turned out. It started out rocky and each has since pulled together."
He said a compromise was reached for the "betterment of the district."
Board President John Zehentbauer said the board appreciated the work by the OAPSE group.
"It started out real crazy," he said, explaining these are tough times and "it worked out at the end."
In other business, baseball coach Bob Manfull received a nod from the board to pursue sodding the baseball infield.
Manfull had a price from a Hartville company of $1,332 for the sod "if we pick it up."
He said the booster club agreed to pay for it and Manfull said they wanted the sod put in right.
Options include putting it in before Thanksgiving or waiting until next year.
Smith Landscaping said it could do the job for $7,000, a price that included the sod.
Building and grounds supervisor Tom Clemens said he would speak to Rob White about putting it in.
White, who has worked for the district before and is a member of the South Range Baseball Association, would slope the field for drainage from the four corners and Clemens wanted to wait until speaking with him.
The South Range field is said to be "the best around."
Zehentbauer said it would be a "no cost to the board" and board member Mike Phillis asked about maintenance issues which Manfull said it would be easier with fewer puddles.
Board member Lora Chestnut said they needed to see if there would be any more charges and the board, without taking a formal vote, gave the go ahead to Manfull.
In other business, open enrollment for the year shows 143 students have opted into the United Local School District (open enrolled in) while 62 moved to other districts (open enrolled out) for a net gain of 81 students for the 2012-13 school year to date.
There were 38 students from Salem who enrolled into United Local schools and 24 United Local students who enrolled out to the Salem School District.
There were 22 students from West Branch who enrolled into United Local schools and 11 United Local students to enrolled out to the West Branch School District; there were 30 Southern Local students enrolling in and no United Local students enrolling out that district; 11 students from Lisbon enrolled in while 15 students from United Local enrolled out to the Lisbon School District; 12 students enrolled in from Minerva schools and five United Local students enrolled out to Minerva; five students from Leetonia enrolled into United Local and four United Local students enrolled out to Leetonia schools; two students enrolled out of United Local to Crestview schools; one student enrolled out to Columbiana schools; and 19 students enrolled in from Carrollton; three from Beaver Local enrolled in; and one each enrolled in from Edison, Sebring and Wellsville.
In other business, the board approved an updated list of textbooks that will be used and supplemental books that may be used during the 2012-13 school year. The board also heard a second reading of two policies regarding reading skills assessment and interventions in regards to the third-grade reading guarantee and early entrance.
Other action included approving Kathy Taucher to teach a community education quilting class with a stipend of $161.50.
She will teach classes on Nov. 5, 12, 19 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The board also approved switching Mike Hanley from night custodial supervisor to custodian effective Sept. 18 and Bill Thompson will become the night custodial supervisor on Sept. 18.
John Ault was added to the certified substitute list for grades one the through eight; the board also approved the addition of six teachers to the substitution list for general education for the 2012-13 school year.
All were approved on an as needed basis and pending completion of state requirements; seven basketball supplemental contracts were also awarded.
Also approved were seven volunteer coaching positions and number of community volunteers to work various tasks throughout the school.
The board also approved maternity leave for Kristin Conser from Dec. 14, 2012 until March 21, 2013.
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