WL-S board approves treasurer resignation

By Casey S. Elliott - [email protected]

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty-Salem Local Schools Treasurer Steve Godwin will retire at the end of next school year.

The school board approved his retirement at its June 21 meeting. His last day will be June 30, 2017.

Godwin’s resignation letter indicates changes with the School Employees Retirement System are “forcing me to make this decision prior to” when he would prefer to retire. Godwin said he wanted to stay until the completion of the current school building project.

Godwin started at the district Feb. 18, 1998, according to the letter.

“I feel that I have brought a much-needed stability and dependability to this position and I encourage the board to hire someone from within the community who can continue to grow those same qualities and commitment to this vital and important position,” he wrote in the letter.

Other business

In other action, the board:

•Approved using the Southwestern Ohio EPC fiscal year 2016 bid process to purchase two 77-passenger conventional International school buses from the general fund. Total cost for the two buses will be $158,000, which includes a total of $3,000 in trade for two current buses.

•Approved adoption of the English Language Arts textbooks for a total cost of $35,054.95.

•Approved Intervention Specialist Brittany Davis Warrick at Step 4 of the BA+ pay column for a one-year contract for the 2016-17 school year..

•Approved part-time high school guidance Secretary Candace Watson at Step 14 of the pay scale for a one-year, 205-day contract, for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved K-12 Administrative Secretary Jennifer Wilcoxon at Step 4 of the pay scale for a one-year, 212-day contract for the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved overnight trips to Band Camp at Bluffton University from July 25-29, 2016, and French Club’s trip to France from June 14-22, 2017.

•Approved resignations of one-to-one paraprofessionals Jeanne Bahan and Christopher Thornburg, effective May 22, 2016.

•Approved the purchase of new computers to replace current aging computers to maintain the middle school/high school computer labs. The purchase is for 30 iMac 21.5-inch computers at $29,670 and 27 HP Business Desktop ProDesk 400 computers at $23,335.29.

•Approved revoking the offer of employment for custodian to Danny Diener, who failed to report for duty and execute his offer of employment on June 1, 2016.

•Approved custodian Steve Fairchild for a one-year contract at Step 0 beginning July 5, 2016.

•Approved custodian Lora Schafer for a one-year contract at Step 18 beginning Aug. 1, 2016.

•Approved hiring Seventh Grade Volleyball Coach Kayla Yoder and Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach Kayla Peterson, both at Step 0, for the 2016-17 sports season.

•Approved hiring Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach Brittany Davis Warrick at Step 0 for the 2016-17 sports season.

•Approved hiring volunteer coaches Aubree Chappalear for cheerleading and Tara Zedeker for Volleyball.

•Approved renewal of the Staff Augmentation and Basic Network Monitoring Agreement with Perry ProTech at $8,820.83 a month from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. This is a reduction of cost of $362.17 per month from the previous contract with the same level of service. The reduction is based on switching from student laptop carts to iPads, reducing the number of computers being serviced.

•Approved moving Drew Snyder to the BA+150 to the Masters column of the negotiated salary scale effective the 2016-17 school year.

•Approved hiring Tim Wolfe for an assistant varsity soccer supplemental contract for coaching both varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams during the 2015-16 school year. He coached both teams after the assistant coach resigned after the season began. Wolfe is to be paid at 80 percent of the Level 5, Step 0 of the assistant varsity boys soccer pay supplemental, at an amount of $1,668.80.

•Approved two administrators at the end of the administrative step pay scale to receive the same average step increase as all other administrators.

•Approved temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 in the amount of $17.5 million.

•Accepted donations of $1,500 from Levans Body Shop and $1,500 from Green Hills Community, both for the new score keepers table for athletics; $50 from Josh Astorino, $50 from C. Mandy Ropp, and $607 from ColePak for track and field day shirts.

•Approved continuing to use Ohio School Plan (Stolly Insurance Group, Peter F. Stolly, CIC) as insurance carrier for liability, property, violence and vehicle insurance coverage at a cost of $32,026, effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The price is a 1.7 percent increase over last year. The amount of insurance coverage increased from $33,417,533 to $34,094,148.

By Casey S. Elliott

[email protected]

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.