Triad board approves union contract

By Casey S. Elliott -

NORTH LEWISBURG – Triad Local Schools board approved a three-year contract with its Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 693 union Thursday.

The board also approved Memorandums of Understanding for both the teachers union and OAPSE.

The new OAPSE contract provides a 1.5 percent wage increase for each of the three years, Superintendent Chris Piper said. It is in effect from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. The raise is the same as the teachers union contract previously approved.

The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the board and the teachers union related to non-posting of high school summer school positions. Piper said this is for this summer only, because there is an “immediate need for high school summer school teachers, to get students to finish their work so they can graduate.”

The OAPSE Memorandum of Understanding involves health insurance for existing staff who work less than 30 hours a week. The district previously paid for health insurance for these employees; under the new contract it will not do so for new employees who work less than 30 hours. The MOU is needed to continue providing health insurance for employees under the previous contract who worked less than 30 hours so they will continue to have their health insurance funded by the district, Piper said.

Piper said placing gifted students in regular classrooms, similar to how special education students now are in regular classrooms, is being considered. He said this would better serve gifted students. He added that such classes would have both a traditional and gifted teacher in the room.

In other action, the board:

•Accepted the resignation of cafeteria worker Mindy Smith, effective May 20, 2016.

•Accepted the resignation of cafeteria worker Sheri Boystel, effective May 26, 2016.

•Accepted the resignation of bus driver Dawn Alexander, effective June 1, 2016.

•Approved the initial one-year contract for four-hour Special Education Secretary Janelle Bradshaw for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved Lesley Bradley to attend a mandatory one-day session at the University of Findlay for College Credit Plus credentials at her current per diem rate.

•Approved Teachers Diana Ferguson and Beth Campbell to teach summer school for at-risk second and third graders at the elementary. The summer school program will run from May 21 to June 24.

•Approved hiring Head Girls Golf Coach Patrick Johnson at Step 5; Eighth Grade Tour Organizer Roxie Nauman at Step 5; Middle School Activities Manager Norma Bottom at Step 5; Building Leadership Team at the High School Nora Gehres at Step 2, Leslie Bradley at Step 3, Tina Campbell at Step 3, Patrick Johnson at Step 5; Building Leadership Team at the Middle School Stephanie Chatwood at Step 1, Joyce Holland at Step 1, Roxie Nauman at Step 5, Melissa Scoville at Step 4, and Christie Tukesbrey-Kilbride at Step 4; Junior Class Advisor Rob McNutt at Step 3; Senior Class Advisor Jason Malone at Step 3; Director of Plays Paul Waibel at Step 4; Foreign Language Advisor Martha Lehman at Step 3; Instrumental Music Director and Pep Band Music Director John Sharritts at Step 5; Vocal Music Director Paul Waibel at Step 5; High School National Honor Society advisor Leslie Bradley at Step 1; Newspaper Advisor Rob McNutt att Step 3; Power of the Pen (50 percent each) Allison Haerr and Chris Smart Meigs, both at Step 0; High School Student Council Advisor Courtney Turner at Step 1; Middle School Student Council Advisor Norma Bottom at Step 5; Teacher Mentors Leslie Bradley and Patrick Johnson at Step 1; Teacher Mentor John Sharritts at Step 5; High School Yearbook Advisor Patrick Johnson at Step 1; and Building Leadership Team at the HIgh School John Millice at Step 1; all for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring Auxiliary (Majorettees) Instructor Dawndee Zizzo at Step 5, Assistant Instrumental Music Director Ben Moore at Step 5, Head Girls Basketball Coach Jeff Merklin at Step 0, Middle School Head Wrestling Coach Tim Deady at Step 3, all for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved cafeteria Type A lunch prices for the 2016-17 school year at $3 for high school, and $2.75 for middle and elementary school. The prices are the same as the current school year.

•Approved the combined policy for liability, violence, auto, fleet and property insurance with Ohio School Plan, effective July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, as presented by Ohio School Plan Representative Stolly Insurance Group, for $45,768.

By Casey S. Elliott

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

Casey S. Elliott may be reached at 937-652-1331 ext. 1772 or on Twitter @UDCElliott.

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