For the first time in at least 20 years Northmor students in grades three through seven will have an art instructor.
With recent savings in the school budget, funds were available for a one-year contract for part-time art instructor, Wendy Morrow and the board approved her contract.
Superintendent, Chad Redmond commented that it is with great pleasure that the district will provide both art and music classes for students in lower grades. The board also approved Andrew Shaffer for a one-year contract as a part-time Music Instructor for the 2016-2017 school year.
Northmor Board of Education congratulated three track athletes and their coach, Kevin Ruhl at the June board meeting. Ruhl received honors as MOAC coach of the year in the Blue Division. Students receiving recognition as OHSAA State
Qualifiers were: junior Demetrius Johnson, recent graduate, Aaron Vitte and Senior, James Walker.
The board also heard a report from the new Special Education Director, Sara Skelton. Skelton reported that rates of autism in the Northmor district are rising, just as they are throughout the nation. It is unknown if there is an increase in children with autism, or if autism is more frequently diagnosed.
Redmond noted that Skelton has been a good advocate for children and youth with special education needs in the district.
Treasurer, Tammi Cowell said that the faculty and staff in the district were surveyed following the insurance company presentation at the May board meeting. Employees “overwhelmingly agreed they preferred to keep Medical Mutual for their insurance”. Since the premiums will increase, Cowell said it was mentioned that this may affect salary negotiations next year.
The board then approved the Medical Mutual Insurance contract for 2016-2017 with an increased rate of 12.6 percent over 2015-2016 for both family and single plans.
The Northmor Board pays 85 percent and Northmor employees pay 15 percent.
The board concluded the meeting by accepting the Superintendent’s recommendations for service contracts and supplemental employment for coaches and other employees.
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