EAST LIVERPOOL - Several personnel matters were approved Tuesday by the city school board during a special session, including the retirement of a longtime employee.
The resignation for retirement purposes of Rhonda Jarrett, assistant to the treasurer, was accepted, effective April 1, 2013. She has worked for the district for 30 years.
In accepting her resignation, the board wished Jarrett well, thanking her for her years of service.
Treasurer Todd Puster said he will first seek a replacement for Jarrett from among applications submitted in September during the search for a budgetary clerk.
If no qualified candidate is identified, applications will be taken for the position.
Also approved, after some debate, was a contract with Mahoning County Education Service Center for a speech language pathologist three days per week up to 7.5 hours per day, including a one-hour lunch.
The contract will be in effect retroactively from Oct. 30 of this year to June 30, 2013, and the district will pay $473.11 per day.
Board member Richard Wolf said it might behoove the district to look at a full-time person, considering the cost of this contract, and Superintendent James Herring said he had looked but could not find someone interested in taking the post full-time.
"It's a hard position to find mid-year," Herring said.
Board President Janice Martin pointed out the district will essentially be paying this person $67 for lunch each day, noting, "A teacher doesn't have an hour for lunch."
She said, "There should be people out there (interested in the position)," and asked whether the district would have to meet the same price range if it could find someone to work the remaining two days.
Herring said the price would be up to whatever company the district hires for the services.
Lastly under personnel matters, the board approved placing Mark Reed, director of buildings and grounds, on Family and Medical Leave on an as-needed basis from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.
At its last regular meeting, the board took similar action for Reed, placing him on the same leave until the end of this year, saying he still intends to be at work each day, that this just gives him the option of being off if he needs to be.
The board also approved a recommendation to have the district's server repaired by Secure Data Recovery Services at a cost of approximately $10,000.
Herring said four of six hard drives have been saved completely, and he is confident the other two will also be saved by this company.
He said the original quote for the work was $11,600, but the company is now suggesting the cost could be closer to $9,600, saying, "It won't firm up the price until it looks at everything."
Puster said there will be some reimbursement from the district's insurance carrier, although Herring said it isn't known what caused the server to crash.
"They said it's one in a million that something like that would happen. There's no reason why," Herring told the board.
Vice President Bob Estell responded, "There's always a reason why."
Herring said it is possible more information on the cause could surface as repairs go along.