The Napoleon Area City Schools Board of Education recently approved staffing items for the 2021-22 school year, as well as learned several positions will not be filled.

Superintendent Dr. Erik Belcher said several positions will not filled due to low student numbers, including a second grade teacher position and a third grade teacher position.

The second-grade teacher and the third-grade teacher, which were funded from the general fund, will transfer into federally-funded programs. One will be a Title 1 teacher, while the other is a newly created position that’s a federal programs teacher for kindergarten through second grade.

“Those are going to be with Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund (ESSER) funds on some of that catch-up,” Belcher explained. “We had quite a few kids, young ones especially, that were online this past year and when they’re coming back, she’s really going to be working to help catch them up and get them up to speed.”

A part-time English language arts position previously held by an individual who retired will not be filled.

“Everything through those has been through attrition or retirements,” Belcher said.

A half-time music teacher position is still open.

Rebecca Stover was approved as a computer/business teacher at the junior/senior high school, replacing Kelly Cooper. Stover also received a supplemental contract for the high school annual.

Sue Abshire received a supplemental contract for high school vocal director for the 2021-22 school year, replacing Teresa Morgan. A previously issued contract to Abshire as assistant high school vocal director was rescinded. Shawna Maassel was hired as a general music teacher at the elementary school, and she replaces Abshire.

The board also accepted the retirement of secretary Julie Callaway, effective Sept. 31. She has served the district for 32 years in various positions.

The board also:

•Accepted the resignation of Kollin Martin, junior high boys basketball coach (seventh grade), effective July 13.

•Approved the following athletic coaches for the 2021-22 school year: Mike Nye, varsity head water polo coach; Mackenzie Plassman and Tyler Haase, each one-third of the varsity water polo assistant coach contract; and Corey Kreinbrink and Jake Freppel, each with half of a fall athletic supervisor contract.

•Approved Calen Gray, Curtis Lydy and Trace Schultheis as student workers as lighting and sound technicians as needed for the 2021-22 school year at the state minimum wage.

•Approved the pay schedule for substitutes for the 2020-21 school year, with an increase of 25 cents per hour for bus drivers. That brings the pay to $18.25 per hour for substitutes and $19.25 per hour for retired staff serving as substitutes.

•Approve Ryan Wilde and Michelle Roberts as the district’s Title IX compliance officers for the 2021-22 school year, effective Aug. 1.

•Rescinded the employment of Amanda Flathers as a full-time bus driver, effective July 19. She was approved as a substitute driver.

•Held an executive session regarding the compensation of personnel and to prepare for, conduct or review negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees. No action was reported following the session.

The board’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 18.

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