District job combines responsibilities

By Melanie Speicher - mspeicher@aimmedianetwork.com

SIDNEY — The creation of a new position raised questions about how job responsibilities will be divided during Monday’s Sdieny City Schools Board of Education meeting.

The board approved the creation of the position of director of food services/operations effective Aug. 1, 2016. Hugh Aukerman, who currently serves as food services supervisor/Title 1 coordinator, is resigning effective July 31, 2016.

The operations portion of the position, said Superintendent John Scheu, will combine some administrative responsibilities into one position.

Board member Bob Smith said he’d like to take a couple of weeks to review how things are going to be divided up. Board member Bill Ankney added it seems like the director of operations’s position is becoming more of an IT person and this operations position is creating another business person.

“We need to create a position for food services and get it on the books,” said Ankney. “I’m not comfortable with the operations portion.”

Scheu, who pointed out he has been a superintendent for 17 years, said he has the knowledge to know what will make the district efficient.

“I’ve divvied this up as best I could,” said Scheu. “the technology time has tripled. Hugh’s resignation helps us with reorganizing the district.”

He said he’d like to get the person on board as soon as possible so they can start learning the ropes from Aukerman.

“If we approve the position, we know we can create the position,” said board member Kelly Rees. “Then we’ll have time to realign what the duties will be that John has defined for us.”

Some of the responsibilities under the operations title include assist with recruitment of new certified staff; supervise maintenance and custodial staffs; assist with representing the district during grievances, negotiations and other related issues that arise with OAPSE; represent the district when meeting with sales representatives; help building principals review and revise emergency preparedness plans including required security plans; oversee preparation of athletic fields; serve as district’s liaison with governmental regulatory agencies; represent the district in required certifications; expulsion/suspension appeals officer; and perform other specific job-related duties as directed.

Food services job requirements include administers the board-approved budget; supervise the preparation of food to maintain quality control; monitor compliance with health and safety regulations; ensure compliance with all local, state and federal food preparation regulations; submit all required reports in a timely and efficient manner; assign food service staff; and perform other job-related duties as directed.

Scheu said he has already posted the position internally in the district. He has received three applications and “one has the qualifications” needed for the job.

In other business, the board:

• Held the first reading of revised policies dealing with conflict of interest for administration, professional staff and classified staff; recording of district meetings involving students and/or parents; standards-based teacher evaluation, FMLA, use of district premises; emergency situations at schools; automatic external defibrillators; food services and district-support organizations. The board will vote on the resolution at its Nov. 16 meeting.

• Accepted a donation of professional services provided by Freytag and Associates for the development of the district’s safety plans. The services were valued at $360.

• Accepted the resignations of Magan Knapke, speech pathologist, Bill Shoffner, Sidney Alternative School aide, Stacey Goffena, junior varsity girls basketball coach, and Danielle McQuillin, freshman/varsity assistant girls basketball coach.

• Reassigned Joni Renner as transportation coordinator effective Nov. 2. She will be paid $27.27 per hour.

• Reassigned Dave Havener as ISR aide at Sidney Middle School effective Nov. 2. He will be paid $18.30 per hour. Havener was the transportation coordinator and had requested to go back to being the ISR aide.

• Employed Penny Raterman as bus driver on a one-year contract at $18.22 per hour.

• Employed Robert Jenkins, Ronald Mescher, Nancy Wagner and Taylor Adami as substitute teachers at $90 per day.

• Hired Amy Blust and Bev Kaufman as substitute aides at $10.61 per hour.

• Awarded supplemental contracts to Stacey Goffena, freshman/varsity assistant girls basketball coach, $2,812; Tim Tennant, junior varsity girls basketball coach, $3,164; and Jamie Whited, auditorium supervisor, $1,230.

• Employed Lauren Morrow on a supplemental contract to work athletic events per OHSAA guidelines.

• Learned the Upper Valley Career Center has narrowed its search for a new treasurer to three candidates. A Covington student in the FFA program won a national championship with his rebuilt old farm equipment.

• Went into executive session. No action was taken.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at the board of education building.

By Melanie Speicher


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