PETTISVILLE — The Pettisville Schools Board of Education Monday separated an elementary counselor and psychologist position and created an additional aide position.
The board accepted the resignation of Matt Shumaker, who served as the school psychologist since 2012.
Because Shumaker served as both elementary counselor and psychologist, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Switzer then recommended reinstating the elementary counselor position.
The psychologist services will be contracted through the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center. Switzer said the district has requested 1 1/2 days per week of psych services, which is estimated to cost $34,500, an increase of $12,656 compared to what the district previously paid for psych services with its own employed psychologist. However, Switzer pointed out they are purchasing a half day more of service so the ESC costs are proportionate to what the previous costs were for the district.
Switzer recommended reinstating the full-time elementary counselor position because he stated he felt most counselors would prefer full-time status so there would likely be a higher turnover if it was part-time. Switzer also noted, with the previous counselor being relatively experienced and higher on the salary schedule, the district will utilize those financial resources and hire a full-time replacement at a modest increase over part time, approximately $14,000 including benefits.
Victoria Jordan was approved for the elementary counselor position and received a one-year contract for the 2019-20 school year, pending receipt of her counseling credentials, which are in process.
In other matters, the board also created an additional aide position to assist Jamie Fox in the newly created lower elementary special education classroom.
Deana Beck was approved for the position and received a one-year limited support staff contract for the 2019-20 school year. The position will be for approximately 6 1/2 hours per day for 182 days.
Due to the need for an aide who uses sign language, Beck is currently taking classes in Signing Exact English (SEE). She will receive an additional $1.50 per hour for the additional signing abilities required by the position.
Mary Sauder, who is currently an aide, is also taking SEE classes to be able to assist if needed and serve as a backup. The board authorized payment of coursework, materials and a one-time $500 stipend for learning sign language for Beck and Sauder.
The board also:
•Approved temporary appropriations at 60 percent of the current fiscal year’s expenditures in conjunction with the closeout of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
•Accepted the resignation of Carl Hamilton as a bus driver. He will continue as a substitute driver.
•Hired Kayla Wyse, Andrew Hulbert and Josh Horning for janitorial work. Their rate of pay is minimum wage plus 50 cents.
•Approved Dr. Anthony Uribes to administer physicals for bus drivers.
•Awarded supplemental contracts and pupil personnel contracts were approved. This will be the first time the two contracts are distinguished — supplemental contracts are awarded to licensed personnel who receive the contract in addition to their teaching contracts. The pupil personnel contracts are given to non-licensed personnel, but nothing else has changed.
•Reviewed student meals served in the cafe for the 2018-19 school year. There were 53,827 lunches served over 169 days, which is an increase of 4,512 compared to the number of lunches served in the 2017-18 school year also over 169 days. That comes to 319 meals per day and, with an enrollment of 535, that equals 60 percent of students eating lunch in the cafe.
The board will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1 at Das Essen Haus Restaurant. The group will then move to the school for a continuation of the work session. No action will be taken. The work session will include, among other topics, a discussion of a possible November ballot issue for a permanent improvement levy. That levy would fund projects on school sites as well as inside of the building and provide additional funding for permanent improvement purposes.
(Information courtesy of Pettisville Schools.)