Retirement leads to job shuffle

SIDNEY — A shuffling of personnel, along with hiring new employees, was presented during Monday night’s Sidney City Schools Board of Education meeting.

The retirement resignation of Karen Green, food services/maintenance secretary, was accepted by the board. Her resignation is effective July 1. Green has been with the district for 33 years.

Because of her retirement, two employees were reassigned to new positions. Beth Raterman will be the new food services/maintenance secretary beginning July 1. She will be paid $22.20 per hour. Raterman had been the transportation coordinator.

Because Raterman moved to Green’s job, Dave Havener was reassigned as the new transportation coordinator effective July 20. He will be paid $20.21 per hour.

Superintendent John Scheu said there is time for Raterman to receive training from Green before she retires. Raterman will in turn train Havener for his new job.

The board also approved administrator contracts for nine administrators for the district. Scheu said each administrator either receives a two- or three-year contract.

Receiving contracts were Brooke Gessler, curriculum coordinator, three-year contract, 260 days, $101,131; Tamara Drerup, special education director, three-year contract, 260 days, $89,462; Eric Finke, director of operations and technology, three-year contract, 260 days, $93,403; Mike Epperly, elementary principal, two-year contract, 215 days, $80,127; Eric Barr, elementary principal, three-year contract, 225 days, $87,128; Clayton Westerbeck, Sidney Alternative School principal, three-year contract, 215 days, $80,127; Michael Moore, Sidney Middle School assistant principal, two-year contract, 215 days, $77,015; Doug Zimmer, Sidney High School assistant principal, three-year contract, 220 days, $84,211; and Mitch Hoying, athletic director, three-year contract, 220 days,$78,376.

The board accepted several resignations during the meeting. Resignations accepted were from Lori Bricker, Whittier kindergarten teacher, effective June 8; Jordyn Luebke, Sidney High School English teacher, effective June 5; Morgan Nickolai, SHS library/media specialist, effective June 30; Brent Short, Sidney Alternative School intervention specialist, effective June 4; and Tony Brown, girls tennis coach, effective June 9.

Contracts were awarded to various employees currently on staff. Stephanie Page received a one-year contract, while Brian Gray, Laura Jones and Stacey Windle, each received three-year contracts.

New employees hired by the board during Monday’s meeting include Adam Zeller, middle school intervention specialist, $36,561; Travis Weldy, alternative school intervention specialist, $55,720; Chase Clark, elementary guidance counselor, $38,319; Kerri Adkins, elementary teacher, $36,561; Arun Nagpal, Sidney High School physics teacher, $65,563; and Justin Setiff, elementary intervention specialist, $38,319. Their contracts are effective Aug. 14.

Dennis Kleinowski and Stacey Dickman both received one-year contracts as school psychologists. Kleinowski will receive $75,796 per year. Dickman will receive $62,804 per year. Their contracts are effective Aug. 10.

New classified employees receiving one-year contracts were Kammy Bontrager, SHS cook, $10.16 per hour, effective Aug. 18; Peggy Ahrens, Northwood cook, $10.16 per hour, effective Aug. 18; Nancy Kraus, SMS cook, $10.16 per hour, effective Aug. 18; Linda Richmond, SMS cook, $10.16 per hour, effective Aug. 18; and Stephanie Cavinder, Longfellow MD aide, $11.79 per hour, effective Aug. 19.

Academic supplemental one-year contracts were given to Karen McRill, summer school director, $3,388; summer school teachers at $25.29 per hour, Adam Doenges, Ben Gates, Levi Hahn, Shauna Vordemark, Frank Guillozet, Bill Rippey, Laurie Jordan, Michael Roby, Donna Jones and Kethy DeVelvis; and summer school aide, Tammy Johnson, $11.36 per hour.

Extended time contracts were awarded to Anita Barton, SHS guidance counselor, 10 days, $3,713; Evan Jackson, SHS guidance counselor, 10 days, $3,135; Meghan Smith, SHS guidance counselor, 10 days, $2,603; and Linda Carpenter, SHS marketing education, 10 days, $3,249.

Athletic supplemental contracts were awarded to Adam Doegnes, summer strength coach, $678; Levi Hahn, fall strength coach, $703; Charles Stockton, SMS football coach at 50 percent, $879; Michael Ward, assistant football coach at 50 percent, $1,582; Jim Kidd, boys tennis coach, $2,109; and Emily Scheu, girls tennis coach, $1,758.

Seth Meyer, boys soccer, Danielle McQuillin, girls soccer, and Kelly Kidd, boys tennis, were approved as volunteer coaches.

According to Scheu, there are still several job openings in the district, including two psychologists and several certified positions. He hopes to have candidates for the board to approve at its July 20 meeting.

He said with the resignations and retirements, the district will have 50 new employees for the 2015-16 school year.