Board renews deals

Additional retirements were accepted and six administrator contracts renewed during a regular meeting of Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.

Administrators who were extended three-year contracts beginning with the 2012-2013 school year were Wapakoneta Elementary School Assistant Principal Carrie Knoch, Wapakoneta Middle School Assistant Principal Wes Newland, Wapakoneta High School Principal Aaron Rex, Wapakoneta Athletic Director Brad Rex and Cridersville Elementary School Principal Dave Tester.

Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer Susan Rinehart’s contract was extended through May 31, 2013.

“The contracts mirror the teachers’ contracts,” Superintendent Keith Horner said during the board meeting. “The health benefits are the same.”

In addition, he noted administrators did not receive step increases this year, something that teachers did receive for the current school year.

Like teachers, administrators’ contracts are now to be frozen at their current rate of pay.

Board members also accepted the planned retirements of Ruth Doll, Paula Quatman and Louise Neuman.

Doll, a fourth-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary School began working for the district in 1980. Her retirement is to be effective at the end of the school year.

Quatman, a Wapakoneta Middle School language arts teacher, began working with the district in 1977. Her retirement is to be effective May 31.

Both are positions Horner said they intend to fill, although that could be done from within.

Neuman, a food service worker in the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria, has been employed with the district since 1966. Her retirement is to be effective at the end of the school year.

Horner said plans for Neuman’s position are undetermined at this time.

In other personnel matters, board members:

• Approved the resignation of Betsy Selover from a half-time supplemental middle school track coaching position and approving Jason Johnson for the position at a salary of approximately $1,141.

• Approved the employment of Rex Thomas as a casual laborer effective March 14 for $9.45 an hour.

• Approved the employment of one substitute teacher, a substitute custodian, a substitute in the transportation department, a substitute in food service, a substitute secretary, and three substitute para-educators for the 2011-12 school year.

Board members met in executive session after the regular meeting to discuss appointment or employment of a public employee or official. No action was taken.