The Archbold Area School Board approved the purchase of a new school bus and several personnel actions at its Monday, Aug. 26 meeting.
Aaron Rex, superintendent, said the board received one bid from Cardinal Bus for an 84-passenger transit “snub nose” bus. The cost of the vehicle is $88,557.
Rex said bus No. 20, the oldest bus in the fleet, was traded in on the new bus. The district received a $2,700 allowance for the old one.
Delivery of the new bus is expected in late September or early October. It has been designated No. 8.
Money to buy the bus came from the permanent improvement fund.
The board also approved a memorandum of understanding between itself and the Archbold Education Association concerning teacher retirement funds.
The AEA represents district teachers in labor negotiations with the school board.
Rex said under the contract with the AEA, the school district agrees to fund a portion of a teacher’s retirement costs. This is known as a “retirement pickup” because the board is “picking up” a share of the cost.
Rex said the state of Ohio has changed the rules for teacher retirements. The teacher’s share of the retirement will increase 1% per year, he said.
The memorandum continues the district pickup at the same level. It does not represent a cost increase to the district, Rex said.
The board also approved several personnel actions.
•Amended the contract of Michelle Bagrowski, curriculum director, to include the duties of gifted-student coordinator.
•Bagrowski, Rex, Royal Short, high school principal, Dorothy Lambert, elementary school principal, and Matt Shields, middle school principal, as certified Ohio teacher evaluators.
•A three-year contract for Allan Gladieux as athletic director through July 31, 2017.
•A three-year contract for Robyn Kuhlman as school psychologist.
•A one-year contract for Megan Nafziger as speech pathologist for the 2013-14 school year.
•Krystina Bowerman as the junior class advisor for the 2013-14 school year.
•Laura Bickel as STEM Club advisor for the 2013-14 school year.
•Christa Gasser as Family, Career and Community Leaders of America advisor for the 2013-14 school year.
•One-year contracts for Mary Beck and Amanda Walker as playground aides.
•One-year contract for Michelle Wright as a bus driver, pending her receiving bus driver certification.
•Accepted the resignation of Albert Babcock Jr. as bus driver.
•Accepted the resignation of Barbara Figgins as seventh grade girls basketball coach.
•Approved Baldo Quintanilla as volunteer assistant football coach for the 2013- 14 school year.
•Approved the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center paraprofessional substitute list for the 2013- 14 school year.
•Approved high school and middle school athletic workers for the 2013-14 school year.
The board held a separate vote to approve the classified substitute list for the 2013- 14 school year.
John Downey, a board member, abstained from voting.
All board members were present.
The board voted to change its September meeting date from the normal third Monday of the month to Monday, Sept. 30, 5 pm, in the high school media center.–David Pugh