UNION CITY - The Union City Area School Board met new personnel for the 2019-20 school year and those that have been reassigned to a different position.
The board also approved several personnel, academic and financial items during the board’s meeting on Thursday, May 9.
Superintendent Matthew Bennett introduced new hires and those who are transferring to a different grade level or position. They were welcomed with a reception prior to the board meeting.
The board also approved the following personnel items:
• Jodi Joyce and Marilyn Spencer as district volunteers for the remainder of the school year;
• Mary Eddy to the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 Emergency Substitute Teacher Consortium for the remainder of the school year;
• Students Tyler Turner, Keegan Hornaman and Lane Byler for summer employment in the maintenance department at $9 an hour without benefits. Hiring Turner and Hornaman was pending receipt of remaining employment documents;
• Joshua W. Blood as secondary mathematics teacher, with his initial assignment at the middle school, effective with the 2019-20 school year, at a salary of step 2, bachelor’s degree, $44,413, pending receipt of remaining employment documents;
• Marlee D. Jones as special education teacher, currently assigned to the elementary resource room, effective with the 2019-20 school year, step 1, bachelor’s degree, $44,106, pending receipt of remaining employment documents;
• Jenna S. Uhlig as secondary mathematics teacher, with her initial assignment middle school math, effective with the 2019-20 school year, step 1, master’s degree, $44,975, pending receipt of remaining employment documents.
Under academic matters, the board approved the following:
• the graduating class of 2019 contingent upon students' successful completion of all graduation requirements;
• a resolution regarding continuing participation in the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5 Emergency Substitute Teacher Consortium for the 2019-20 school year at a cost of $1,967.
• the Erie County Special Education Transition Program Operating Agreement, effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
• a resolution supporting SB 34 and HB 526 (concerning tuition) for school districts providing their own cyber learning programs and the resolution regarding correcting the tuition expenses paid to cyber charter schools.
Under financial matters, the board approved purchasing HIBster anti-bullying software in the amount of $3,600 total for five years. The district has grant funds to pay for it.
The board also approved a solution authorizing the administration to work with PFM Financial Advisors LLC, as financial adviser; Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett P.C., as bond counsel; and the local solicitor in conjunction with the issuance of General Obligation Bonds Series 2019 for the purpose of financing new money for the district.
Board members voted unanimously to approve all motions except the bond. Doug Hopson voted no, stating he would like less debt.
In addition to Hopson, board members are George Trauner, Blain Blakeslee, David Fox, Stephen Gilbert, Brian Gregor, Lori Lewis, Dr. Barbara Miller and David Robinson.