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Unions get extensions with Wellsville school district

WELLSVILLE — With plans to begin negotiations in April 2022, Wellsville school board members approved a second extension of contracts with two of the district’s unions.

During their Monday regular meeting, members extended Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with both of the Wellsville Teachers Association and Ohio Association of Public School Employees with 3 percent raises for the 2021-2022 school year.

According to district Superintendent Richard Bereschik, this was the second year that the board rolled over these contracts due to the COVID pandemic.

Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Nancy Francis updated board members on the district’s financial situation as of May. “The district carried a loss this month of -$140,750 due in part to a decrease in miscellaneous unrestricted federal subsidies from casino receipts and Medicaid reimbursement, delays in state reimbursement funding for ESSER grant money as well as for roughly $46,000 in additional employee supplemental payments and associated SERS/STRS costs.”

In other action, Linda Weekley was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Carnegie Library board of trustees.

Board members also approved:

– A preceptor agreement between Franciscan University’s nursing department and Wellsville Local Schools to collaborate planning and provide clinical education and practice for nursing students in the baccalaureate of science degree program and Love Insurance Agency as the voluntary student accident insurance for the upcoming school year.

– Additional compensation for Linda Rolley, attendance (as needed); Alaina Kilpatrick, federal programs (extra duties); Linda Molinaro, financial consultant (as needed); Nancy Clapper, on-board instructor for recertification of bus drivers; Angela Sheldon, occupational therapist, and Tammi Huber, certified occupational assistant, from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center.

– The retirement of Judy Miller, head cook at the Wellsville Junior-Senior High School after 32 years of service; the non-renewal of Amy Lamb; and the resignation of Geordon Roe, technology assistant.

– A contract with the Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA) for district liability coverage at a cost of $52,388.

– The transfer of $11,340 from the general fund to the Public Preschool Tuition account.

Wellsville school board next will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22 in the high school media center.

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