Old Fort parents fight for teacher

OLD FORT – An impending school deficit has some parents wondering who will be teaching their children in the 2013-2014 school year, and several of those parents voiced concerns during the Old Fort Board of Education meeting Monday night. Kristin Woodall shared with board members several student letters and a petition with 93 signatures asking the board to extend Tomi Michael’s teaching contract.

Jill Steyer, a mother of four, spoke of Michael’s accomplishments in the classroom and with her son, Anthony.

Union President Deb Kozell shared options with board members to help cut the deficit.

In his report, 7-12 Principal Shane Jacoby announced:

Graduation is set for 3 p.m. May 26.

Senior Recognition Ceremony is set for 7 p.m May 27.

Sentinel Awards are to be held at 7 p.m. May 27 at the Ritz Theatre.

Elementary Principal Kendra Nelson said Arm and Hammer donated 250 spin brushes to students.

She added the schools received a $146,000 Early Literacy Grant to be shared among the district.

Jaime Pearson gave the treasurer report and a five-year-forecast. Pearson said they are to receive a $6,000 subsidy for a high performing district. Fiscal year 20142015 will see the income tax level dip. The treasurer report highlighted the increase in expenditures due to wages, capital increases and benefits. Pearson informed members the state audit went well with two citations issued.

The board recommended and approved:

Advances in Appendix A for 2013.

Amended certificate and appropriations resolution as submitted.

Classified salary schedule for 2013-2014.

Appointed the treasurer as designee to attend public records meetings on behalf of the members of the board.

Board members adopted the Income Tax Renewal Resolution for the renewal of the district’s 1 percent Income Tax expiring Dec. 31, 2014.

Board members moved to executive session to discuss compensation of personnel.

In his report, Superintendent Jude Meyers announced:

An education service contract contract was reviewed closely for a partnership between Old Fort and Bettsville schools. The two are to share teachers, utilize block scheduling and share costs, which is to result in savings.

There are 134 students open enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year.

Approval of temporary contracts for summer custodians.

Extended supplemental contracts for 15 staffers.

The board is to meet at 6 p.m June 10.