C-GS hires middle school principal

CLYDE – Numerous changes are to take place in Clyde-Green Springs Exempted School District Aug. 1.

With new superintendent David Stubblebine assuming his duties, interim superintendent Laura Kagy is moving to the North Central Ohio Education Service Center as an education consultant.

After learning at Monday’s school board meeting that McPherson Middle School principal for seven years, Jon Detwiler, had been hired as Lakota’s new superintendent Monday, members accepted his resignation, effective July 31.

Replacing him will be Rachael Aldrich, who was hired on a three-year contract effective Aug. 1. She then resigned as principal at Clyde Elementary, effective July 31.

During school treasurer Joyce DuPont’s report, she said revenues remained $228,000 over expenses. She said the state is returning $600,000 more in revenues for next year’s budget compared to last year but it still is a smaller amount than received in 2009.

When board members discussed the possibility of placing a levy on the ballot in November, Todd Warner thanked the teachers’ association for making concessions and agreeing to pay freezes, noting he is not in favor of placing a levy on the ballot at this time. Matt Jenne and Tom Conley voiced agreement.

The first day of school is Aug. 28 for 1-12 students with kindergarten commencing the following week.

Food Service Director Vickie Nieset approached the board about a cafeteria table situation at McPherson Middle School. When the tables arrived for the new facility, they were not what had been ordered and have been difficult to work out a satisfactory configuration. Larger than expected, she said the tables create a louder atmosphere for communication. The food service fund has the means to purchase 44 bench tables, providing seating for 200 students for about $23,000-$25,000. The board is to seek bids soon and sell the present tables and chairs.

After discussion of the former Vine Street Elementary property, the board granted permission to DuPont to place the property up for auction, setting a reserve figure. The board decided to contact the city of Clyde to ascertain if there is interest in the property.

Members determined Matt Nicely and Matt Jenne would attend the Ohio State Board Association Conference Nov. 10-13 in Columbus.

In other action, board members:

Approved the merging of funds in the Principal’s Fund.

Recommended a letter of commitment with the Clyde-Green Springs Education Association to address the issue of longevity pay after 27 years of service.

Approved a KACE computer and mobile management system at a cost of $58,274.60 to be funded from the General Fund.

Employed Katey Brown as dean of students at McPherson Middle School on a three-year contract, effective Aug. 1.

Employed Alex Binger as a substitute fiscal clerk for the 2013-14 school year on a one-year limited contract, effective Monday.

Employed Ryan Norris as assistant principal at Clyde High School on a three-year contract, effective Aug. 1.

Employed Rhonda Miller as a half-day kindergarten teacher on a one-year limited contract at Clyde Elementary.

Employed Rebecca Watt as assistant kitchen manager on an 18-month probationary contract at Green Springs Elementary.

Employed classified substitutes on a one-year limited contract at substitute pay rate.

Employed substitute teachers on a one-year limited contract at substitute teacher pay rate.

Approved an instructional waiver day granted by the Ohio Department of Education for Aug. 27.

Approved gifts and donations to the schools.

Heard Conley report on Clyde Recreation Board activities.

The board meets next at 6 p.m. Aug. 26.