By DAVID GREEN
Fayette school treasurer Kelly Bentley made an important announcement to board members Monday night: The district just completed the first year in the past three without deficit spending.
“I’m really pleased with how it came out,” Bentley said at the July board meeting. “This is a true picture of where we are at.”
She described the district’s position as a concerted effort by everyone involved. Cuts and layoffs are not something the district wants to do, she said, but it helps prevent overspending.
Board member David Brinegar described the report as “very exciting news” and board president Kirk Keiser said that it was the result of a proactive approach to keeping spending down.
“If we have a catastrophe it could change in a heartbeat,” Bentley cautioned.
Federal Race to the Top funding helped by partially paying for professional development and substitute teachers. In addition, income tax revenue came in at $75,000 more than anticipated. Some of that is likely the result of the payment of delinquent taxes, Bentley said, but Brinegar noted that it also indicates an improvement in the employment situation of district residents.
E-RATE—Bentley told board members that all three E-Rate applications were approved, bringing in $45,500 for internet service, telephone service and wireless improvements. Some wireless access points will be moved to improve access within the building.
CONTRACTS—Contracts were approved with the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention Training and Rehabilitation Center. The daily rate of $38 per student, when needed, has remained the same for several years.
A contract was also approved for technology services. A three-year agreement with CDW was accepted for Microsoft volume licensing of software to upgrade the system software on the district’s 250 computers. The cost is $1,700.
COACHES—The following coaches were approved for the 2012-13 school year: Ryan Colegrove, seventh grade boys basketball; Mat Johnson and Andy Richardson, co-coaches for eighth grade boys basketball; Nick Ramos, freshman boys basketball and varsity assistant; and Geoff Gilmore, seventh grade girls basketball.
The board met in a closed session to discuss the eighth grade girls coaching position.
PERSONNEL—Lisa Hintz was hired for tutoring three days a week at a daily rate of $20. Before this, she was listed as seven-eighths full-time.
Elementary secretary Deb Rupp will be paid $500 to contact substitute teachers that aren’t already on a pre-arranged schedule. In the past, principals received the early morning calls when a substitute was needed.
For the next two school years, the four non-union employees will be treated the same as OAPSE members based on their recent negotiations.
Retiring superintendent Russ Griggs announced that he will not take the $7,500 severance pay that he is entitled to receive.
ALGEBRA—The board approved a change to the high school curriculum that replaces integrated mathematics with algebra I.