|Ottoville School Board, union OK 3-year contract|
|Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:59 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
OTTOVILLE — A three-year agreement between the Ottoville School Board and Ottoville Local Education Association was approved at Wednesday’s meeting.
The terms of the contract include a 1.75-percent raise the first and second year and a 1.5-percent raise the third. Superintendent Scott Mangas said the majority of the meetings with the teachers’ union was spent on hammering out the details of teacher evaluation language and regulations now required by law to be included in negotiated contract language.
The teachers’ share of the cost of insurance benefits remained 10 percent.
Last summer’s storm damage from June (wind) and August (lightning) took a toll on the school’s insurance policy renewal for July 1 through June 30, 2014. The renewal with the Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA) Insurance Program through Fawceett, Lammon, Recker and Assoc. Insurance Agency, Inc., for property, fleet, liability and excess insurance needs was increased more than $5,000 due to the district’s frequency of claims.
“We knew we had a lot of claims but they weren’t through negligence,” Treasurer Bob Weber said. “SORSA realizes that but our claims did put us in a higher risk category. Hopefully, we won’t have as many claims in the next couple of years and that will come back down.”
Three new teachers will join the staff for the 2013-14 school year. Renee Burgei and Julie Eickholt are the district’s new kindergarten teachers; and Michelle Leach is the new guidance counselor.
School Maintenance Supervisor Tim Kimmet will receive a 5-year contract. Mangas said he and the rest of the staff and administration were extremely pleased with Kimmet’s work.
The administration will get a little help when it comes time to bring in substitute teachers. The board approved a contract with Rachel Wixey and Associates for the 2013-14 school year for substitute staffing. The set-up fee is $975 and each sub contact will be $2.95.
“This will take a huge load off the administration,” Mangas said. “We did a lot with our teachers last year and it was difficult to fill those positions when needed. We spent a lot time on the phone that could have been better spent.”
The board also approved numerous one-year limited supplemental contracts for the next school year. Contracts were awarded to: Joe Modica, head softball coach; Todd Knippen, assitant softball coach; Ashley Cossgrove, assistant softball coach; Susan Jones, junior high boys track coach; Ryan Horstman, head boys track coach; Vaughn Horstman, head girls track coach; Ty Wannemacher, junior varsity baseball coach; Shawn Knodell, junior high girls track coach; Jessica Beining, assistant girls soccer coach; and Alicia Haselman, junior varsity volleyball coach.
Other contracts issued included: Jeanne Bockey, one-year supplemental, High School Science Fair advisor; Jodi Koester and Judy Bosch, Summer Intervention teachers; and Jodie Koester and Kevin Blake, one-year supplemental, mentors for the Resident Educator Program.
Mangas gave his update which included preliminary results from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. Third-grade results include 100-percent passage in Reading and 97 percent in Math; fourth grade — 100 percent in Reading and 93 percent in Math; fifth grade — 87 percent in Reading and 96 percent in Math and Science; sixth grade — 89 percent in Reading and 85 percent in Math; seventh grade — 96 percent in Reading and Math; and eighth grade — 100 percent in Reading, 92 percent in Math and 88 percent in Science.
Mangas also said all paperwork for the fourth and final year has been submitted.
In other business, the board:
• Approved Julie Schimmoeller as EMIS coordinator and Ruth Wannemacher as assistant EMIS coordinator;
• Approved the end-of-course exams for American History and American Government classes to comply with SB 165 until state end-of-course exams are selected by the Ohio Department of Education;
• Accepted and approved the student activity/athletic budgets and proposed fundraisers for the 2013-14 school year;
• Accepted the following donations — $100, Ottoville VFW, Memorial Day Services; $4,156.50, OHSAA, girls state basketball; $500, US Green Fiber, recycling program; $50, J&M Excavating Inc., Art Department donation; $200, Defiance College, teacher internship; $750, Putnam County ESC, Threat Assessment Team; $500, The O Shack, Class of 2016; and $1,458, Big Green Athletic Boosters, track tourney;
• Approved the FY 14 Northwest Ohio Area Computer Services Cooperative Computer Service Agreement for 2013-14 at $8.714.85;
• Approved a contract with Northwest Physical Therapy for services for the 2013-14 school year, if needed;
• Approved Northwest Fitness Club to work with the Ottoville Big Green Athletic Boosters to customize and implement a strength and conditioning program for students;
• Entered into an agreement with Comp Management Inc. to provide workers compensation and unemployment program benefits effective with the policy year beginning Jan. 1, 2014 for $9,812;
• Approved the Ottoville Local Schools Student/Parent Handbook. The most significant change was to math requirements for graduates — four are now needed instead of three;
• Approved high school and elementary book bills for the upcoming school year;
• Accepted the resignations of Lori Schroeder (junior varsity volleyball), Alicia Haselman (junior high volleyball), Darrell Von Sossan (junior high girls basketball) and Scott Cossgrove (assistant girls soccer coach); and
• Approved the following unpaid volunteer coaches for 2013-14 — Brad Honigford and Chris Kemper, baseball; Darrell Von Sossan, basketball; and James Klima and Logan Klima, track.
There will be no July meeting. The August meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and the Sept. 18 meeting will be held at St. Barbara Parish Hall in Cloverdale.