Mechanicsburg’s elementary to get new principal


MECHANICSBURG – Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools will get a new elementary principal next school year.

Christy Garver will take over the principalship at Dohron Wilson Elementary. She replaces Cathryn Petticrew, who resigned to take a position with the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center (ESC).

The school board approved Petticrew’s resignation and Garver’s hire at its July 13 meeting.

Petticrew’s resignation is effective July 31. She was with Mechanicsburg for four years, according to her resignation letter.

Petticrew will be the director of student achievement for Midwest Regional ESC. The ESC serves Logan, Hardin and Shelby counties.

Garver is a former summer school principal, teacher, coach and instructional leader at Bellefontaine City Schools, according to her resume. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

Garver’s salary will be $72,000 for the 2015-16 school year, Treasurer Scott Maruniak said. Petticrew would have been paid $76,500 for the upcoming school year.

The school board also approved a second resolution to put the district’s 1 percent, 10-year income tax renewal levy on the November ballot. The levy brings in approximately $1 million annually, and it expires in December 2016, Maruniak said previously. The board is seeking a 10-year renewal instead of five years to reduce the frequency of asking voters to head to the ballot box. It also saves the district money, as the district shares the cost of elections when it places issues on a ballot.

In other action, the board:

•Approved the Mechanicsburg FFA General Livestock Team trip to Dekalb County, Indiana, to compete in “The Stockman” judging contest Oct. 16-17.

•Approved Property, Fleet and Liability Insurance, effective July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, with Ohio School Plan for $38,511.

•Approved participation in the MEC Cooperative Bus Purchasing Program for 2015-16 and authorized the bidding through this program for one 72-passenger conventional school bus, with the board reserving the right to reject any and all bids.

•Approved Level 3 Communications as the low bidder for the phone system upgrade in the amount of $18,829.90.

•Approved ITsavvy LLC as the low bidder for 55 Meraki Access Point units for $33,547, pending federal E-rate reimbursement approval.

•Approved Goldstar Learning for staff software and a document camera for Mastery Manager Subscription Services, at a cost of $13,239.

•Approved Mobile Technical Services as the low bidder to provide internal connections throughout the building in the amount of $60,329.50, pending federal E-rate reimbursement approval.

•Approved Mobile Technical Services for Dell Latitude notebooks with appropriate upgrades to support Zulama at a cost of $34,642.

•Accepted donations of $50 from the Champaign County Cattlemen’s Association, $50 from WLS FFA Schools and $100 from the WLS Class of 2015, all for the Mackenzee Hartley Scholarship.

•Approved Michael Rutan as summer maintenance and custodial substitute.

•Accepted resignations from seventh grade math teacher Jason Shultz, MS/HS art teacher Lindsey Gunka, and MS Intervention Specialist Chris Woten.

•Approved advancing Brad Oyer to master’s degree +30 on the salary schedule.

•Approved a one-year non-teaching contract for Building Aide Amanda Herron for the 2015-16 school year.

•Approved an extended day contract for Kevin Neer, for 13 days, funded by the 5th Quarter Grant.

•Approved supplemental contracts for Assistant Girls Soccer Coach (50 percent) Maggie Harris, High School Majorette Advisor Dawn Kent, Assistant Marching Band Director Nichole Lookabaugh, Marching Band Director Brad Oyer, NHS Advisor (50 percent) Joni Dingey and NHS Advisor (50 percent) Kim Poland, all for the 2015-16 school year.

Renewal income tax levy to be on November ballot

By Casey S. Elliott

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

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