SHERWOOOD — Personnel matters led off a brief meeting of the Central Local School Board on Tuesday evening.
The board approved 2.5% pay increases for both Superintendent Steve Arnold and Treasurer Kerry Samples; this is a rate identical to the contracts of the teaching staff.
The board also welcomed new personnel Amy Hammer, elementary assistant principal; Lindsay Froelich, elementary counselor; and Emily Spencer, intervention specialist.
The retirement resignation of Julie Wiles as assistant treasurer was accepted. Wiles was then immediately rehired on a one-year limited contract.
The board also approved the voluntary transfer of Lisa Karlstadt from assistant cook/cashier to classroom aide.
Eight different one-year supplemental contracts were approved as well.
In other business, the board:
• briefly discussed the school cafeteria, which continues to run in the red. Arnold said recent steps taken to reduce the deficit included space for two lunch lines (thereby increasing line speed); a staff reduction in Karlstadt’s transfer; and a second opportunity for middle and high school breakfast after first period.
• heard the district finished the 2018-19 school year in the black by $41,000. Samples noted this was $340,000 better than last year. He credited an increase in investments and a decrease in utility and transportation costs among the major reasons for the successful financial report.
• noted increased availability for sixth- and seventh-grade gifted instructions in the area of English language arts.
• was reminded of the school’s open house, which will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Middle school pictures also will be taken that day.
• praised the work of committee members who continue to distribute “Fairview Pride” signs throughout the district. A goal is to have a sign in front of every students’ home.
• heard Arnold and a number of other staff members will attend a grant writing conference elsewhere in Ohio later this month; ironically, this will be paid for via state grant money.
• noted another grant has resulted in the school’s ability to purchase a 3-D printer.
• has received its second consecutive A grade from the state health department regarding tobacco-free policies on campus.
• encouraged attendance for the Ney Homecoming on Thursday and the Sherwood Homecoming on Saturday. School employees plan to walk with the Fairview Pride committee at the Sherwood parade; the local homecoming will also include a dunk tank in which many administrators, Arnold included, will prepare to be soaked.
• passed a resolution making student accident insurance available through First Insurance and Investments, Defiance. All students are required to obtain insurance through the school if their parents do not already have it.
• noted plans continue to erect a new storage facility on elementary property.
• gave a shout-out to maintenance personnel for their work over the summer, most notably sealing of the parking lot.
• heard “Hollywood Walk of Fame” is the 2019-20 school theme.