Salem looking for new trades teacher

SALEM — Salem City Schools needs to find a new Precision Machine Trades teacher for next year after the board was forced to non-renew the contract of the current teacher, Travis Holbrook, for failing to complete the coursework for his teaching license.

High School Principal Sean Kirkland explained that Holbrook, who was actually a former student of the program, was hired four years ago under a method permitted by the state of Ohio to find qualified instructors in the vocational fields based on their professional experience.

The person must have at least five years experience in the field they’re going to teach to be hired under an alternative license with the understanding that they must complete certain required teaching coursework within four years to earn the professional teaching license and continue teaching. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Holbrook was unable to finish the coursework.

As a result, his contract isn’t being renewed and the district has to find a new professional for the position. The board took action on the non-renewal earlier this


In other personnel matters, the board non-renewed the contracts for in-school suspension teacher Marshal Sarginger and the auxiliary unit for St. Paul School, which is normal for this time of year. The positions will likely be filled again before school starts in the fall.

The board moved Lindsay Sheen up the pay scale from BA to BA150, hired Derek May and Susan Fender as custodians at the high school, authorized maintenance supervisor Jason Austin to pursue up to three people for summer help in the maintenance department, hired John McKee for summer maintenance help and extended the hours of Austin Noel for summer maintenance help, approved spring sports and district track and field meet ticket sellers, and approved Joseph Stubbs as a substitute bus driver and Lorina Moffett as a substitute teacher.

Shelley Wilson was given a two-year contract as Literacy Supervisor at a salary of $60,300 for next school year and $60,601 for the following year paid through a literacy grant.

The board accepted the resignation of Julia Dundon as assistant junior high track coach for this spring and approved the following athletic supplemental positions: Christijana Vucenivic as assistant junior high track coach; Bethany Glasser as head junior high cross country coach; Rob Motz as assistant high school cross country coach; Travis Ziegler as head high school boys soccer coach and Lindsey Winn as head high school girls golf coach.