Summer break means a busy June meeting for the Cambridge City Schools Board of Education.
During Tuesday night's meeting, the Board dealt with a long list of certified and classified personnel items. Approved were the resignations of Samantha Mitts, Chaleen Tidrick, Steven Harris, Ron Miller (groundskeeper), Jacqueline Gebhart, Beth Hickman and the retirement of Candace Freeman. Ten new teachers were awarded limited one year contracts for the 2013-2014 school year. The positions, at CHS, CMS, as well as South Elementary and Central Elementary were not new positions, but those vacated by either resignations or retirement.
A number of Athletic Personal Service Contracts and Athletic Supplemental Contracts were also approved during Tuesday night's Board meeting. This list included: Dan Linscott (head girls basketball coach), Tom Moore (head wrestling coach) Pam Givens and Frank Leyshon (co-swimming coaches).
The Board Tuesday also approved a three year contract extension for Superintendent of Schools Dennis Dettra. There will be no change in Dettra's salary with this extension.
The Board also heard an update on the district's Watch Dog program Tuesday. The volunteer program, which places positive male role models in the classrooms, started in January of 2013. Organizers say volunteer dads and others spent over 900 hours in the classrooms this year. The program has garnered numerous compliments and has been well received in the elementary school buildings. Plans are to expand the program into the Cambridge Middle School this coming school year.
The Board also approved the purchase of three new school buses. Two standard buses carry the price tag of $76,803 each, while a handicap bus will cost the district $80,808. The buses will be purchased from Truck Sales and Service Inc, and the deal also includes the trade in of three buses at $2,600 each.
The number of calamity days open to the district has increased. The Board Tuesday approved an alternative calamity day make up plan. Once the five "snow days" allowed by the state are used, students will then turn to their "blizzard bag" or nearest computer terminal. Students will be given ahead of time either hardcopy lessons or go online to obtain their assignments, which must be completed and turned in when classes resume. The state is allowing up to three missed days of school to be recovered in this manner, in essence, giving districts up to eight missed days that would not need to be made up.