Bettsville, ex-treasurer agree to part ways

BETTSVILLE – The Bettsville Board of Education agreed to a financial settlement with former treasurer Roger Luhring at its meeting Wednesday.

The board passed a resolution rescinding all previous termination proceedings against Luhring, who had been on unpaid leave, and paying him a total of $26,300 for salary, health insurance, unused vacation and sick leave and a non-compensation payment.

Interim Treasurer Jaime Pearson said the district is paying Luhring what is left on his contract.

Luhring has seven days to revoke the agreement; otherwise, it takes effect Wednesday and payment is to be made at that time.

His contract began in 2010 and was set to expire in 2015. He had worked in the district since 2008.

According to the agreement, “Luhring is to resign from his contract and employment by the board of education effective June 30.”

He was placed on paid administrative leave in February after he was served with a letter from Board President Michelle Davis outlining 14 charges against him.

The charges involved not following board policies, not returning phone calls, failing to make payments, not appropriately balancing accounts, not recording financial standings of the district and other unprofessional conduct.

The leave later was changed to an unpaid leave.

The agreement states the board of education and Luhring “do not admit to any wrongdoing and expressly deny the same.”

Luhring was not present at the meeting Wednesday. A message seeking comment was left at his home following the meeting.

In other business, the board approved several transfers from the General Fund to grant funds to bring the funds up to zero balances from negative balances, Pearson said.

In his report, Superintendent Steve Anway addressed employment of summer migrant program personnel and other personnel for 2014.

The board also approved:

A contract with Ohio School Plan for property, fleet and liability insurance for 2014-15.

A contract with Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association beginning July 1.

An agreement with Rehmann Co. to handle issues with the district’s Medicaid schools program.

A contract with Sheakley Unicomp for workers compensation for the 2014-15 school year.