CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- During negotiations which were described as "professional" and "respectful", the board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a two-year contract with the CEA. Superintendent Dennis Dettra points out that this is the first time a two-year contract was agreed upon in almost 6 years and includes a small pay raise.
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Approved were contracts with Broughton Dairy for milk products and Nickles Bakery for bread products and Gordon Food Services for general food and miscellaneous supplies for the school's cafeteria.
A number of personnel items were approved as well Tuesday evening. The list includes: volunteers and substitutes as well as athletic supplemental contracts for, Tim Leppla (JV boys basketball coach), Tom Hannon (7th grade boys basketball coach) and Joel Wisenbarger (8th grade boys basketball coach). Also approved was the resignation of Doug Miller.
Three new teachers were approved, Kristin Nau (CHS intervention specialist), Darrin Vensil (CHS science) and Jason Linn (CMS social studies). It was noted that the position is not new, only the person occupying that position.
Also in personnel items, the board approved an addendum to the district treasuer's position. Charles Radcliff was given an additional three years to his contract, which still has one year to go.
During the audience portion of the agenda, a parent of a CHS senior addressed the board with concerns. According to a letter the mother presented the board, this year's senior photos will not be accepted for the yearbook, unless taken by a specific Zanesville photographer. According to the woman, many parents are upset about being "forced" to drive to Zanesville, when other local photographers are available. Some say they cannot afford the trip added to the cost of the photos.
According to Superintendent Dettra, and the board, they had no prior knowledge of this letter, and on first look, did not agree with the decision.
Dettra said he would look into the situation.
Superintedent Dennis Dettra reports that each of the distict's buildings is buzzing with activity. Repairs to the tiles at CHS and other buildings is underway, as is parking lot sealing projects. In addition, new tables and chairs have been ordered for CHS and CMS. The tables with attached chairs will minimize some of the damage to the floors from sliding chairs.
The board also approved the CHS handbooks for the upcoming school year. According to Principal Margaret Wilcox, the biggest changes involve bring-your-own-technology-to-school and revisions to the dress code. Wilcox notes that a letter is being sent out to the parents of CHS students, explaining the changes.