Mohawk Board of Education discusses rehiring, personnel issues

By Dan McElhatten


SYCAMORE – The Mohawk Board of Education met Monday evening, holding a public hearing regarding the rehiring of kindergarten teacher Kathy Lundy following her retirement May 31.

Lundy earned thirty-six years in the state pension system and filed for retirement to take advantage of the current benefits. The board will vote at their July 15 meeting whether to rehire Lundy at $32,574 annually, much less than the $61,000 she earned prior to retirement.

The board approved a number of personnel issues, including the retirement of bus operator Shirley Stober. Physics and chemistry instructor Jennifer Shuck resigned to accept a position in another school district. One year contracts were approved for K-3 multiple disabilities teacher Amber Crow, physics/chemistry teacher Michael Saloiye, and media specialist Kaycee Hallett.

Mohawk was awarded a grant for $10,000 that will be used to supply vegetables for students of low-income families and senior centers. The grant application was submitted by multiple handicapped teacher Lindsay Lewis.

Flowers and vegetables will be grown by a service learning class and multi-handicapped students while teaching job skills. The grant was provided by Seeds of Change which seeks to provide flower and vegetable seeds to gardeners.

The board also approved:

Mohawk Community Library budget for 2014;

Liability and property insurance coverage from GUA for $31,487 beginning July;

Lunch prices to remain same as last year;

Evening of May 23 2014 as senior graduation date;

One year supplemental contract to marching band director Lynsey Cook;

Leave of absence for high school agriculture teacher Rose Hartschuh;

Reduction in force of playground monitors Betty Oakleaf and Cathy Ekleberry for financial reasons;

Approved summer teachers at $20/hour including Mindy Walton, Jan Hall, Carol Koehler, Amber Crow and sub Anthony Patrizi.

The board also adopted interim end-of-course exams to assess mastery of American history and American government standards until state education officials adopt end-of-course exams.

The next meeting of the board will be 7 p.m. July 15 in the high school media center.