Russia BOE accepts scholarship donations

By Aimee Hancock -

RUSSIA — Russia Local School’s Board of Education accepted just under $3,000 in donations during its meeting on Wednesday, June 20.

Motions were passed to accept a $750 donation from the Gene Guillozet Family, $320 from the Russia Board of Education and Administration, $300 from Pepsi of America, $400 from the Russia Student Council, and $500 from the Russia Future Teachers of America, all of which is to be used for scholarship purposes.

A donation of $700 from Pepsi of America was also accepted to be used for athletic supplies.

The board passed a number of motions with regard to the hiring of faculty and setting pay rates.

The hiring of Cathy Courter and Michelle Muhlenkamp as summer school teachers was approved at a rate of $20 per hour for the 2017-18 school year; Eric Sullenberger, Shelby Pitsenbarger and Jana Salisbury were approved as summer ACT teachers at a rate to be determined based on the number of participants; Angie Monnin was approved as a substitute summer school teacher at a rate of $20 per hour on an as needed basis.

Motions were passed to approve continuing contracts for Amber Cordonnier as athletic director, and Rodney Counts as maintenance supervisor; to employ Mark Travis and Chandra Goubeaux as junior high cross country coaches at a salary of $1,373 each for the 2018-2019 school year; to employ Alysha Orsborne as extended summer school teacher for a special needs student at a rate of $20 per hour for the 2017-2018 school year; to approve Alysha Orsborne for up to 10 extended days as librarian on an as-needed basis; to employ Denise Hiatt as an aide for summer school at a rate of $13.07 per hour for the 2017-18 school year; and to approve Barb Cordonnier for staff training on an as-needed basis for the 2018-19 school year.

The following bus drivers were approved for the 2018-19 school year: Dale Alt, Jerry Barhorst, Paul Bremigan, Rodney Counts, Terry Daugherty, Tom Gariety, Carrie Heuing, Gery Heuing, Angie Lachat, Dustin Meyer, Mike Meyer, Dan Millhouse, Larry Platfoot, Steve Rose, Vern Seger and Joseph Thomas.

Mike Meyer was approved for hire as assistant marching band director at an annual salary of $686 for the 2018-19 school year.

A motion was passed to approve the Classified Salary School for the 2018-19 school year.

The hourly pay rate for tutors & IAT team members was set at $22 per hour for the 2018-19 school year, and the substitute teacher salary rate was set at $90 per day for the school year.

The board passed a motion to approve the service agreement with MRESC for the 2018-19 school year, as well as a motion to approve the Facility Use Agreement with the American Red Cross for the 2018-19 school year.

A motion passed to employ The following certificated staff were approved to be employed in the accompanying coaching and supplemental positions for the 2018-19 school year:

• Gay Booher, yearbook extended hours

• Shannon Langston, student council

• Michelle Muhlenkamp, varsity girls softball

• Bart Doseck, power of the pen

• Penny Elmore, FCCLA advisor

• Michael Fulk, music extended time

• Mike Hart, athletic site coordinator

• Andrea Raterman, FTA advisor

• Jana Salisbury, academia advisor, prom advisor

• Chad Topp, NHS advisor

• Marcus Petitjean, Lego Robotics

• Janel Slonkosky, athletic site coordinator, resident educator

• Eric Sullenberger, Lego Robotics, high school science olympiad advisor

• Eric Sullenberger, junior high science olympiad advisor

• Rachel Gregg, guidance extended service

• Michael Fulk, music extended time

• Cierra York, JV girls basketball

Superintendent Steve Rose discussed the Business Advisory Committee meeting, which was held the previous week. A College Career Readiness Strategic Plan was developed to be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year.

The board reviewed the financial summary report, the updated spending plan, and the three-year spending plan comparison, and motions were passed to approve temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2019 at $1,800,000, as well as to approve any additional appropriation modifications as become necessary to close out the fiscal year. Any modifications will be reviewed by the superintendent.

A motion was passed to approve the following appropriation modifications due to changes in estimated revenue certified by the Shelby County Auditor:

• Secondary Transition, to increase by $103

• REAP Grant to decrease by $31,551.01

• Early Childhood Grant to decrease by $1,200

• Title I to increase by $113.46

Rose updated the board on staffing for the upcoming school year. He said aide interviews will be held beginning this week.

Rose also informed the board of the status of the Shelby Hills potential satellite location. Alternatives to this satellite were discussed, including transportation of Russia pre-school students to the unit in Sidney.

Principal Brian Hogan reported to the board on the upcoming summer reading program for elementary. There are approximately 30 students enrolled.

Hogan also discussed the preliminary results of the AIR tests with the board, for which more detailed statistics will be available soon.

By Aimee Hancock

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825