|Jennings Local School Board OKs raises in 3-year contract|
|Thursday, August 01, 2013 12:06 AM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
FORT JENNINGS — Employees at Fort Jennings Local School will all see a raise each year for the next three years.
The board of education met Wednesday and approved a new three-year contract with classified and certificated personnel, including raises of 7.5 percent the first year and 5 percent the second and third years.
The board members went into executive session to negotiate a new three-year contract for all employees working within the school system. Fort Jennings Principal Nicholas Langhals explained the terms of the contract.
“The raises will balance the increase employees will pay out of pocket for health care premiums, which are increasing by 5 percent this year, 8 percent next year and 10 percent the third year,” he said.
June expenses included school bus repairs. Langhals reported the buses “passed with flying colors.”
While scanning through the expenses, board member Deb Calvelage asked Langhals what an Air Watch license was.
“It’s security software that sends out software updates,” Langhals explained. “Mr. Warnecke uses it to monitor and maintain them [iPads].”
In other business, members discussed the cafeteria’s pricing of lunch for both the high school, which will cost $2.20, and elementary students, who will spend $2.10. The board also agreed to continue to contract with Arps Dairy for milk and Nickles Bakery for bread supplies.
Board member Aaron Ricker asked if the prices would have to be raised again this year.
“We have a waiver,” Langhals said. “As long as the cafeteria is providing food that meets the requirements, prices will stay the same.”
In financial business, the board accepted a donation of $500.19 from Chief’s Cash Register Receipts to the Elementary Activity Fund.
In addition, members approved July real estate tax advances of $65,000 and $85,000. They also renewed a certificate for $103,043.58 at .25 percent for 12 months.
The board recommended and approved the hiring of a handful of new teachers and coaches for the 2013-14 school year, including Tony Saine for Elementary Summer Intervention; Missy Fortman as Title I teacher on an hourly basis; Jim Hoersten as part-time Industrial Arts teacher; and Jackie Siefker as the new coach of the girls elementary basketball program.
Langhals reported on Race to the Top and said that the teacher evaluations were complete.
“Now it’s a matter of working through the new electronic system,” he said. “It’s our last year.”
There will a freshman Parent iPad meeting at 8 p.m. on Aug. 15.
“All incoming freshman receive an iPad prior to the school year beginning,” Langhals detailed. “The cost is $75.”
Fall and All-Season Sport Passes will be sold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 13, during the first week of school during normal school hours and at the first girls soccer home game on Aug. 19.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21.