Leetonia BOE OKs salary scale for new positions

LEETONIA- The school board Wednesday night approved new salary scales for two combined positions effective Aug. 1.

The board approved the scales for the newly created EMIS coordinator/administrative secretary starting at $33,400 and the maintenance/transportation supervisor starting at $40,765.90. The two positions are a combination of three positions- EMIS coordinator, maintenance supervisor and transportation- that had a combined starting salary of almost $78,000. The new positions represent a starting savings of approximately $4,000, but the district will save over $30,000 in current salaries.

The board also suspended the salary schedule for the technology coordinator.

Personnel: The board approved effective Aug. 1 two-year contracts for Troy Radinsky as middle/high school principal and Russ Miller as maintenance/transportation supervisor; a one-year contract for Melissa Brock as elementary principal/special education coordinator; and a classified exempt continuing contract for Cheryl Almy as EMIS coordinator/administrative secretary.

The board also accepted the resignation of custodian Cheryl Thorne, effective March 21; approved for the remainder of the school year John McIlduff as a home instruction tutor effective Feb. 11 and Molly Coffee as the OGT science tutor effective March 1; and approved as volunteer coaches Erin Lamb, assistant softball, and David Adams, track.

Donations: Also at the meeting, the board accepted donations of $90 from Wilms Mulch & Topsoil for the Track Supplemental (5 tons of sand for the long jump pit); $200 from Leetonia Knights of Columbus for the Girls Softball Supplemental; $200 from the American Legion for the Boys Baseball Supplemental; $50 from Holloway Insurance for the Track Supplemental; $100 from the VFW for the Track Supplemental.

Use of facilities: The board granted permission for Lifeline of Columbiana County to use the Auditoria for a fundraising event on April 26 and approved a one-year lease extension to the Bears to Bee Preschool, the rental fee to be waived for the 2013-2014 school year.

Soccer continued: The board approved the addition of soccer as an interscholastic sport for 2013 so that the team can participate in the Ohio High Athletic Association tournament. The move is part of the three-year plan approved by the board in 2011 that allowed for the establishment of the program as long as there were no costs to the district over the three years. The program will be evaluated after next year to determine if it should be continued.

Opposition to HB 59: The board approved ordinance expressing opposition to house bill 59 expanding the EdChoice Scholarship Program through two new options that will significantly increase the number of publicly-funded vouchers for students to attend private or parochial schools.

Kevin Howell can be reached at khowell@salemnews.net