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School board accepts resignation, tables contract renewals

By Carol McIntire

The Carrollton Exempted Village School District Board of Education accepted the resignation of an administrator, hired new legal counsel and tabled action on contracts for five administrators last week.

The board accepted the resignation of Assistant Superintendent Leigh Ann McCray, effective July 31. McCray was one of the administrators whose contract was up for renewal.

Superintendent Palmer Fogler has also told board members as well as the FPS she plans to retire but has not submitted an official resignation.

Much to the surprise of Treasurer Roxanne Mazur and Superintendent Palmer Fogler, the board hired the law firm of Roetzel & Andress of Akron to provide legal services to them. Mazur, who was obviously surprised by the move, said she was going to turn the tide and ask questions of the board about the process they used.

“Usually you are asking me questions; now I need to ask you some,” she said.

She asked about the process used to select the firm, how many references were obtained prior to making the decision, the rate of pay, what they would be advising the board on and if the firm would be ready to step into negotiations with the Carrollton Education Association at a scheduled March 20 meeting.

The board replied two references were checked, the firm will be paid $250 per hour, which is $10 less than the board is paying now and, according to Attorney Justin P. Markey who represented Roetzel & Andress at the meeting, they would be prepared for the March 20 session. It was noted the firm will be advising the board “on all matters.”

The board also tabled action on the renewal of contracts for Timothy Albrecht, elementary principal; Patricia Lamielle, director of special services; Cynthia Olivito, early childhood psychologist; R. Frederick Marshall, custodian supervisor; and Kathryn Weir, cafeteria supervisor.

Prior to the action by the board, Fogler presented “rave” reviews of all five, recommending each be given a three-year contract.

“Many of you may be wondering why they can’t be given one-year contracts,” she said to the crowd that filled the cafeteria at Dellroy elementary. “It’s because they’ve demonstrated outstanding efforts in their assigned duties. A one-year contract signals poor performance and the need for improvement. It is discouraging to offer someone a one-year contract who has worked hard.”

After the board approved hiring new legal counsel, President Rose Seck announced the contracts were tabled because members want to discuss their options with the new counsel.

In other business the board:
-TABLED action on the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan proposed by Carroll County Commissioners at the Feb. 28 meeting. Board members said they want to discuss the matter with legal counsel before taking action and agreed to hold a special meeting if necessary.

-HONORED the 300 volunteers in the district by adopting a proclamation declaring April 15-21 as National Volunteer Appreciation Week in the district.

-AGREED to participate in the Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Educational Services Agency (OME-RESA) Natural Gas program for five years. The board terminated a natural gas service agreement with Energy USA and signed a new contract with Constellation NewEnergy. Mazur noted projections are the new company will save the district 35 to 40 percent more than is being realized at the present time.

-APPROVED requests for upaid leave from teacher Art Glen for two and one-fourth days and food service worker Diane Talkington from March 19 to April 15.

-ACCEPTED the resignations of Shirley Snyder (bus driver) due to retirement effective Aug. 3, 2012; and Randy Miller, middle school track coach, effective March 1.

-CONTRACTED with Healthcare Billing Services to bill Medicaid for certain services for  eligible students at a rate not to exceed seven percent of the district’s reimbursement. Mazur noted the process could generate between $80,00 and $100,000 for the district.

-HIRED Lori Bryan and Christine Shroyer as middle school assistant girls track coaches.

-HIRED Heather Godfrey and Jean Maple as classified employees for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year.

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