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Ravenna couple buys Prospect Elementary

June 22, 2010

SALEM - The school board approved the sale of the Prospect Elementary School building to Wayne and Nicole Lyons for $10,000 on Monday.

The district tried unsuccessfully to auction the building, which has been closed for several years, in 2007.

Two criteria of the sale include it will not be used for a start-up community school and if there are plans to tear it down the district has the first right to purchase it back, President Steve Bailey said.

The three-level, 27,700-square foot building is located on 1.67 acres in the 800 block of Prospect Street and was built in 1896 with additional rooms being constructed in 1945.

Bailey said the buyers, Wayne and Nicole Lyons, have no plans to tear it down and expect to live in it and use it.

Treasurer Jill Rowe said the couple was from Ravenna and Wayne is a former student at the school.

The board approved the sale unanimously by consent agenda. Bailey said it was costing between $30,000 and $40,000 a year to maintain but they had "quite a few people interested" in it.

In other business, a new three-year contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees was approved.

The contract takes effect July 1,2010 and runs through June 30, 2013. It has a 1-percent wage increase each year and OAPSE Local 215 President Bill Gray said the union OK'd it June 9.

There were no cuts and while the vote was not unanimous, Gray said, "I think it was a fair deal" and pointed out that negotiations were spread over four weeks.

The union represents 67 non-certified employees including cafeteria workers, bus drivers, secretarial staff and maintenance.

Also, approved was a budget of $1,117,265 for the Salem Public Library for 2011; a new one-year contract with the Nutrition Group with management costs of $44,938 for the food service director and $31,824 for management and administration fees; an the board appointment seven people to the Civic Engagement Team which includes parents, community representatives, health and human service representatives, business representatives and others. Janice Schokley and Wendy Saltzman will represent parents/community; Suzanne Hritz, Meghan Ferguson and Patricia Baker will represent health and human services while Jock Buta will represent business and Jeff Cushman will represent the school district.

The board also instituted a new position of family & civic engagement coordinator who will have a number of responsibilities and report directly to the superintendent.

It also accepted the retirement for the purpose of resignation of Judy Patterson, a third-grade teacher at Reilly. She taught for 39 years in Salem; accepted the classified retirement resignation for retirement of Joan Early, Buckeye Elementary School secretary, who has been in the district for 30 years.

Superintendent Tom Bratten took the opportunity to thank Early for her time and for everyone at Buckeye.

"She will be greatly missed," Bratten said.

The board also accepted the resignation of Raymond Swink, Quaker Tech Coordinator effective July 1, while approving the hiring of Brenda Blain as cafeteria duty/aide and Karen Whitehill as a cafeteria worker; and Karen Navoyosky as a high school site duty aide for the summer food program; 16 elementary summer school instructors; approved one and one-half days work extension for Guidance Counselor Tracy Bosheff and two days for Nancy Crum; and four days for Debra Erath in the guidance counselor office.

Also approved were classified summer help at $9.63 per hour for four people at the high school, three each at Buckeye, Reilly, Southeast schools and in the maintenance department, two in the treasurers office, three in the bus garage; eight painters, and one person in technology. Each position was approved to eight and five days.

Also, John Armeni was hired as high school in-service suspension supervisor for three days a week and for comprehensive social studies intervention for two days a week at $22 per hour.

Matthew Freeman was approved as Quaker Tech supervisor and Sherri Phillips received a one-year contract as secretary/financial aid consultant for the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing; Susan Komar was hired as an instructor at the school effective immediately.

The board approved revised policies, the student handbook, and in lieu of transportation payments for 33 students for the 2009/2010 school year will be prorated at $172 per student based on Ohio Department of Education calculations.

Three athletic supplementals were approved for fall sports including Consetta Yeater and Jessica Matthews, girls soccer coach volunteers and Cary Lemaster, assistant boys soccer coach. It also approved 13 non-athletic supplemental contracts for 2010.

A high school band trip to perform in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade was approved. Students will leave March 15 and return on March 19 and funding will be provided by the band boosters and each student.

Also, the board approved three-year school nurse contracts for Suzanne Hritz and Patricia Baker through June 2013 and the contracts are not to exceed 40 hours each week at the initial rate of $26.52 per hour; and Meghan Ferguson for a three-year practical nursing assignment of 190 days at $24.30 with a one-and-a-half percent increase for the second and third years.

Certified maternity leaves and FMLA leaves were approved for Kellie Page and Michelle Pienizek.

The board approved a check from J. Robert Sebo for $4,221 for the 2010 high school graduation ceremony,

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