SIDNEY — A contract to provide an intervention specialist for Sidney City Schools was approved during Monday night’s board of education meeting.

According to Mike Watkins, treasurer, the district had been looking for an intervention specialist for the 2021-22 school year with no success. One person had applied for the job, was interviewed and opted not to take the job.

Watkins said the problem is finding someone with the correct licensure for the position.

“This arrangement is a last resort,” said Watkins. “The intervention specialist is needed for the JAVA program.”

The approved contract is with Maxim Healthcare Staffing at a rate of $80 per hour.

In a related staffing problem, the board also approved a resolution for the employment of substitute teachers for the 2021-22 school year. This will allow the board to hire substitute teachers who do not have a post-secondary degree. All substitutes, said Superintendent Bob Humble, job shadow a day before they are used in the district.

The resolution allows the board to temporarily authorize the employment of substitute teachers who do not hold post-secondary degrees, as is otherwise required pursuant to Ohio law and regulations. In addition to fulfilling the educational requirements adopted by the board, an individual must be of good moral character and must have completed all required criminal background checks, as well as obtained a valid non-renewable temporary substitute teaching license issued by the Ohio Department of Education to serve as a substitute teacher in the District.

The lack of substitute teachers is not unique to Sidney City Schools but is a problem across the state of Ohio.

Personnel items were also approved by the board.

The resignations of Barb Arnett, secretary, Teresa Miller, substitute cook, and Christa Morris, bus driver, were all accepted.

The board hired E. Carla Cavinder and Logan Heiby as substitute teachers at a rate of $105 per day. Karen Francis and Josh Billing were hired as tutors at a rate of $28.39 per hour.

Classified one-year contracts were awarded to Virgil Wooley, custodian, $17.78 per hour; Todd Jordan, custodian, $16.42 per hour; Randy Adams, custodian, $20.48 per hour; and Kris-Sondra Wolaver, part-time transportation secretary, $17.21 per hour.

E. Carla Cavinder was hired as a substitute aide at $12.33 per hour and Britton Devier was hired as a substitute bus driver at $17.95 per hour.

A leave of absence request was approved for Dawn Knepper, cook, from Dec. 1, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022.

Supplemental contracts were awarded to Amber Helman, Sidney Middle School cheer adviser, $511; Bryan Herd, SMS football coach, $1,930; Josh Elmore, SMS football coach, $1,838; Caitlin Downing, assistant golf coach, $1,634; John Willoughby, head boys basketball coach, $9,437; Jeremy Keaton, junior varsity boys basketball coach, $5,311; Scott Hooks, junior varsity boys assistant basketball coach, $5,311; Scott Shirk, freshman boys basketball coach, $4,085; Sanchez McCutchins, SMS boys basketball coach, $1,430; Jamal Foster, head girls basketball coach, $7,353; Kaitlyn Davis, junior varsity girls basketball coach, $3,677; Ron Ivey, junior varsity assistant girls basketball coach, $5,311; Caitlyn Dowling, SMS girls basketball, $1,430; Brennan Brewer, head swim coach, $4,902; Allison Detty, assistant swim coach, $1,634; Brent Anderson, head wrestling coach, $8,987; Nathan McLain, wrestling assistant coach, $3,677; Bill Blosser, SMS wrestling coach, $2,860; Trent Knoop, bowling head coach, $5,719; Michelle Beatty, bowling assistant coach, $2,043; and Kyle Coleman, winter strength coach, $2,165.

The board’s next meeting will be Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Sidney High School auditorium.

By Melanie Speicher

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