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Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities approves new contract for superintendent

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The Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities has approved a new two-year extended contract for its superintendent.

At the April meeting held May 1, the Board extended the contract of Matt Campbell from Jan. 1, 2014, to Jan. 1, 2016, with a $1,650 salary increase. The new contract is based on a Group 4 contract employee’s incentive plan where an evaluation score of 3.01 to 3.2 equals an $825 increase and 3.21 or above is $1,650. Thus, Campbell’s new pay rate for 2014 is $81,900.

In other business, the Board voted to pay four more individuals to receive Project Steps Toward Independent Responsibility (PSTIR) training. They include Matthew Crough, Jack Hobson, Cheryl Rodger and Rebecca Easterday who attended a Project STIR training March 31-April 3 at Deer Creek.

The Board also approved a resolution to require a waiver for an additional four calamity days for Carroll Hills School with the Ohio Department of Education.

Supt. Campbell said that next school year, each school day will be extended by a half hour from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This is being done since calamity days have been eliminated by the state and the extra half hour will allow for 90 hours to be missed by delays before days have to be made up,” he explained.

A policy addressing Major Unusual Incidents and Unusual Incidents to ensure health, welfare and continuous quality improvement was also approved by the Board.

In his Superintendent’s report, Campbell briefed the Board on the Imagine Focus Group meting he attended April 9 at the Guernsey County Board of DD. He said Mary Lou Bourne was hired by the Ohio Department of DD to review the progress of the Imagine Project.

“Progress has been accomplished by the 18 county boards adopting person centered thinking. Many county boards are utilizing the paper process which is cumbersome and time consuming. Fairfield County has piloted the electronic process with some success,” he added.

Campbell said he also attended the Superintendent’s Executive committee meeting April 11 at the Franklin County Board of DD.

He explained the Transitional Development Disability waiver will be up for renewal July 1, 2015. “We have an option to renew and add Adult day services or phase out over a year and move to existing waivers,” Campbell explained.

“Disability Rights of Ohio is focusing on segregation in our system. There is anticipation that the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) transition plan will address the segregation issue,” he added.

Campbell also noted Christine Brown from Brown-Coley Associates in Self-Determination will visit Carroll Hills Industries June 18 at 1 p.m.

The Board’s next regular meeting is May 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building.

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