|Diglia announces retirement|
|Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:08 AM|
By CYNTHIA YAHNA
ELIDA — The Elida Board of Education met Tuesday evening to discuss the student achievement liaison report and a breakdown of school expenditures by Treasurer Joel Parker.
First, they learned of Superintendent Don Diglia’s intent to retire at the end of the current school year.
Diglia said he presented a letter of retirement to the board of education, which will be on June 30, 2014.
“This is truly one of the hardest-working teams I have had the privilege to work with,” he said.
In closing, he added he was deeply appreciative of all the board members and has nothing but the highest regard for each one.
Brenda Stocker began with a report on House Bill 59, which is about expansion of school choice.
“They added an income voucher system,” she said. “There are still flaws in the funding formula. Also, the state is eliminating the rollbacks for the homestead tax, in which the state kicks in 10 percent and gives another 2.5 percent; however, the renewals will not be affected.”
Assistant Curriculum Director and Assessment Director Faith Cummins gave a lengthy presentation on how the new report card system works and how it is graded.
“This year, it is graded on 16 different measures,” she said. “In simple terms, we must achieve a certain annual measurable achievement. It doesn’t matter what type of student; all are included.”
Diglia talked about the report card.
“One particular area of concern is the middle school fifth grade, which received a grade C,” Diglia said. “We are working hard to try to close that gap. The problem is, the state keeps raising the bar before we get there.”
President Dennis Fricke spoke on behalf of the board.
“At this time,” Fricke said. “I would like to personally thank Don Diglia for his service to the Elida School District as he has been a great service to the school, staff, parents and Elida community.”
The following additional retirements/resignations were approved: Jenny Hallard (resignation), Elida school art teacher, effective Aug. 23; Michelle Cahill (resignation), cook, effective July 17; and Richard Sherrick (retirement), head custodian, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The board also approved the following personnel for employment pending background check and meeting the certification requirements as determined by the Ohio Deptartment of Education, per salary schedule that is in effect.
In other business, the board approved:
• Certified personnel: Amanda Witkowski, middle school general/vocal music teacher; Angela Ramsdail, seventh-grade math teacher; Dustin Dobie, high school English teacher; and Kelsey Greeley, long-term substitute middle school art teacher;
Non-Certified personnel: Rebekah Hunt, cook at Elida elementary; Brenda Fetter, part-time high school study monitor; Mike Recker, bus driver effective; Nacoma Adcock, classroom aide at Elida High School, 2.5 hires/day; and Don Brecht, bus driver.
• Supplementals: Dave Evans, athletic manager; Art Holman/Dave May, faculty manager; Jason Carpenter, strength and conditioning coach; Missy Hyland, seventh-grade girls basketball; Tim Folger, seventh-grade football assistant; Amy Marshall, middle school cross country; Carly Stiger, eighth-grade volleyball; John Stetler, marching band, pep band and jazz band; Marcia Koch, assistant marching band; Darrell Bryan, drum instructor; Rhonda Bargerstock, drama club director; and Nacoma Adcock, Tuesday School;
• The following volunteers are pending completion of paperwork and other requirements:
Class I: Ruth Hardy, Linda Kristoff
Class II: William Kellermeyer, varsity football volunteer; Brandon Good, girls soccer volunteer;
• Approved the 2013-14 Bus Driver Handbook as previously distributed and the bus routes and stops for the school year as established by the superintendent and the director of transportation. The superintendent was also given authority to assign additional units to bus drivers, on an as-needed basis, to assist in the efficient transportation of Elida students;
• Approved the following van drivers, pending completion of all requirements of school policy guidelines: Kevin Bowers, Shelby Cluts, Becky Cressman, Ashley Edwards, Dave Evans, Cheryl Fraley, Kyle Harmon, Barb Hawk, Kevin King, Keisha Larimore, Jessica Lawson, Bruce Marshall, Bill Oleson, Denny Pohlman, Missy Schultz, Barb Schwinnen, Denny Schwinnen, Matt Smith, Steve Smith, Trisha Smith, Laurie Swick, Denny Thompson and Quinn Wittaker;
• Approved to hire the following for drivers education classes and in-car phase as needed — Randy Apple, Sam Boyer, Sandra Ebeling-Sayger, Mary Kaple, Linda Rigali, Delbert Shinn, Bill Vermillion and Pat Wilsey;
• Approved the school-related organizations for the 2013-14 school year
• Approved removal and disposable of damaged and unusable equipment, such as overheads, TVs, and record players;
• Appointed a delegate and an alternate to attend the OSBA business meeting on Nov. 11 and 12;
• Approved the proposed sales projects by the student activity programs;
• Approved entering into an agreement with the Logan County Educational Service Center for vision-impaired, orientation and mobility services students for the 2013-14 school year, as needed; and
• Approved Nancy Bilen as teacher for home instruction.
The next board of education meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17.
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