Sidney BOE prepares for new year


By Melanie Speicher - [email protected]



SIDNEY — As the 2022 year winds down, the Sidney City Schools Board of Education is preparing for a new year.

During its Monday meeting, the board set its organizational meeting for Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. in the community room at the board office. Zach Bosslet was appointed president pro tem for the meeting.

The regular meeting will follow the organizational meeting.

In planning for the 2023-24 school year the board approved the calendars for grades K-12 and preschool.

The first day of school will be Aug. 30, 2023 for grades 1-12 with a staggered start for kindergarten students on Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1. Thanksgiving beak will be Nov. 21-25, while the Christmas holiday break will be from Dec. 21- Jan. 2.

Spring break will be March 25-April 1. An early dismissal is planned for April 8 due to the total eclipse of the sun. The last day of school for students will be May 16.

There will be no two hour late starts for teacher personal development, instead full days have been scheduled for Aug. 23-25, Aug. 28-29, Sept. 29, Dec. 20, Jan. 26, March 22 and May 17. Students will not be in class for those days.

For the preschool calendar, a staggered PK start is planned for Aug. 28-29 with the first day of school set for Aug. 30. There will be personal development/remote days on Nov. 20 and Dec. 2o. The holiday breaks are the same as the K-12 calendar.

David Taynor was hired as an IS teacher at a salary of $65,655 for a one-year contract. He was also given a one-year contract to be the new head football coach at a salary of $9,715.

The resignations of Haley Salyers, Latch key aide, and Robyn Smith, assistant cook, were accepted and effective Dec. 17.

Substitute teachers given a one-year limited, as needed contract were Angela Carey, Misty Johnson, Nathan Barnes, Emma Wiford, Karen Olding, Amber Blackford, Lonna Heath, Megan Piatt, Bryce Henry and Jamal Foster. They will be paid $110 per day.

Anthony Gerstner was given a one-year contract to be the district’s transportation coordinator assistant. He will be paid $22.28 per hour. His contract was effective Dec. 5.

Classified substitutes given a one-year contract were Lorri Lively, substitute secretary, $15.18 per hour; Carolyn Gibbs, substitute cook, $10.83 per hour; and Emma Wiford, substitute aide, $12.58 per hour.

Supplemental contracts were awarded to Ethan Knapke, junior varsity wrestling coach, $3,316; Jason Snider, freshman soccer, $1,858; Adam Doenges, Bill McKinney and Alan Egbert, indoor track, volunteers; Thomas Foster Wheeler, Sidney Middle School football, $3,917; Charles Stockton, SMS football, $1,959; and Bill Blosser, SMS wrestling, $3,523.

In other business, the board:

• Heard reports about the Jacket Virtual Academy and Literacy and Math teachers on special assignment.

• Approved the treasurer’s report.

• Approved a purchased service agreement with the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center for a speech language therapist, $81,592.65, and instructional assistant, $24,513.37.

• Updated the salary schedules for the cook manager/head cook/truck driver with an increase of $1 per hour for the 2022-23 school year. The increase was implemented for currently employed staff effective with the Dec. 10 payroll.

• Tabled a request to enter into a contract with SSOE for professional design services for upgrading the current security system. The matter will be brought back to the table during the Jan. 12 meeting.

• Approved the district’s Ohio School Boards Association membership for the calendar year 2023 at a cost of $7,508.

• Heard the legislative update by Greg Dickman

• Heard the Upper Valley Career Center report by Michele Lott.

• Listened to Doug Jackson during the public participation portion of the meeting.

By Melanie Speicher

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.