One-year deal signed with Cardington-Lincoln union

CARDINGTON — Meeting for its first session in the 2017-18 school year, the Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education approved the tentative negotiated agreement with the Cardington—Lincoln Faculty Association.

It followed a 50-minute executive session.

Superinendent Brian Petrie said that ‘this is a one-year deal. All details will be put together; we’re in a much better financial situation and looking to improve, come back and next year get a long-term agreement.”

Board president Troy Ruehrmund abstained from voting.

Prior to the vote, board member Chuck Jones said, “I want to thank the teachers, administrators and staff for the work they do. We, as a district are blessed. The teaching and learning going on in our classrooms are great.”

In other business:

• District treasurer Jon Mason said the .075 percent per annum, five-year income tax levy will be on the Nov. 7 ballot. All of the required documents have been completed and sent to the Board of Elections.

• A new bus has been delivered to the district. Four new buses have been purchased by the district the past two years.

• Petrie thanked Mason for his work the past two years noting the ease it has been to go into this office to get information. Mason said, “I couldn’t do this without the help of Darla (Hardwick) and Tracey (Zvansky).”

• As sponsor of the Tomorrow Center, Petrie gave a report on the school which opens on Sept. 6. They will have 130-140 students.

• Giving reports were Scott Hardwick, elementary principal, who said they had very good open houses. At this point there were 73 students enrolled in kindergarten; 66 in first grade; 83, second; 73 in third grade and 89 in the fourth grade.

• Jenny Zierden, junior high principal, said 10-12 new students enrolled in grades five and six. Eric Kyrk, high school instructor, gave teachers a day of tech training.

• High School Principal Joe Mills said there will be a new counselor and secretary joining the staff.

Deb Hart, food service chair, said she was ready to start another year and had given 600 pencils to students in the school. Training of cooks had taken place at Highland School and the top three were all from Cardington: Gay Tharp, Yvonne Eastep and Liz Morris.

Referring to the lunch charge program, she said, “Every child will be fed.”

Petrie added, “It’s nice we start the year with zero balance and we want to make sure we don’t have high charges at the end of the year. We want to make sure our people who have donated in the past, know we don’t have to rely on them.”

• Approved was the following personal service contract for Fiscal Year 2018: Jeannine Tupps, special education coordinator Grades 7-12.

• The following lease agreements were approved: Ohio Heartland Head Start for four years from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021, for $1,580 per month and The Tomorrow Center, for three years from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020 for $198,000 per year, both at 3700 County Road 168.

Petrie said the building is close to capacity now. He said the latter was a five-year contract with three years remaining.

The board gave approval to the designation of a drop out recovery school for the Tomorrow Center.

• The board approved an overnight out of state trip for the softball team to Florida March 31-April 5 with Coach Tod Brininger, This will be taken during spring break.

• Jack Bault was granted a one year contract as 7-12 Health and Physical Education teacher. A classified contract was approved for Vanessa Helms, aide.

• Pupil activity contracts were granted Tod Brininger, varsity softball; Colin Hansen, varsity girls track; Tod Jollif, varsity boys track; Amanda Allen, varsity volleyball (to fill the position vacated by Kendra Mosher); Rachel Rees, JV volleyball and and Lindsay Martin, varsity assistant volleyball. Jack Bault was given a supplemental contract, varsity baseball.

• Angela Curren was approved as a sub aide. The resignation of Colton Sherman, custodian was accepted effective Aug. 30.

The board approved the following donations: from Ohio Heartland Community Action Commission for $250 to the Summer Reading Program; donation of books to the high school library from Nadia Kerman, value of $310; Donation of $644 from individuals to the June 2018 Spanish Club trip to Spain; Donation from COSTCO of 233 backpacks value of $1,200 to the Cardington Lincoln Education Foundation for Pre-K through the sixth grade students; and a donation from the Cardington Farm Association to the FFA of $600 for their Honduras Trip.

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By Evelyn Long

The Sentinel