|BG hires bus boss|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD, Sentinel Education Editor|
|Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:59|
Bowling Green has hired a former district employee as its new transportation director.
Carlton Schooley will take over the duties starting today at a base salary of $58,000.
He was among eight to 10 applicants for the job, and only one of two with previous experience as a director of transportation, said schools Superintendent Ann McVey.
The school board approved Schooley's hiring at a special meeting Wednesday.
He was given a two-year contract, through July 31, 2015.
From 1995 to 1998, Schooley served as principal at Bowling Green Middle School before retiring.
From 2004 to the present, he had been a receiving associate at the Home Depot store in town.
Prior to Home Depot, he was director of buildings, grounds and transportation at Mason Consolidated Schools, in Erie, Mich., for six years.
The timing of finding a new director was tough, McVey said.
The board approved former transportation director Brian Whitta's departure at the July 16 board meeting.
Also at the meeting, the board moved Margaret Convery from middle school English to middle school math teacher, after math teacher Eric Radabaugh left that post to become middle school assistant principal.
That leaves only an English teacher to hire before the start of the new school year, McVey said.
After the meeting, the board held the third of five scheduled forums to meet with community members to discuss additional cost reduction ideas for the district to consider.
The final two forums are Friday and 8 a.m. and Wednesday at 8 a.m., both in the Crim Elementary cafeteria.
Seven people attended the forum, which included questions on energy efficiency and utilities, transportation options for students, and unfunded mandates.
Those in attendance were given a list of administrative staff positions as well as information on busing, technology, library, co-curriculars and extracurriculars, class sizes and elective courses.
"I don't want any of this to be cut. Let's do something," said Debra Nicholson, who will have a senior at the high school this fall.
When Nicholson asked about cutting utility costs, McVey said the district was looking into an energy study.
Jodi Anderson, a science teacher at the high school, suggested teachers and staff be sure to turn off lights and computers when leaving the rooms.
Nicholson also asked whether the district can have students pay for their busing, to which McVey said no.
The district, by law, is required to offer busing to all students outside one mile of their building. The exception is for students in grades K-8 who are transported if they live two miles from their school. The district also provides transportation to non-public school students within a 30-minute drive, such as to St. John's Jesuit in Toledo.
"It's a safety issue. Dollar and cents versus safety," said board member Lee Hakel.
Nicholson, along with Leland and Ruth Bandeen and Cynthia Snodgrass, a staff member at Bowling Green State University, were surprised upon hearing the number of state mandates the district has to follow.
"We're being backed into the corner by the state," Nicholson stated, adding that she was also surprised to hear the district is paying to send students to private schools.
School board President Ellen Scholl pointed out the district lost around $800,000 to private and charter schools last year.
When a student leaves, the district loses the full per pupil funding, not the reduced amount the district actually receives.
State lawmakers need to "get their head where they're supposed to be," said Leland Bandeen.
Anderson also suggested the district stop mailing mid-term grade cards
The district needs to cut $2 million by the 2014-15 school year.
Since May, the district has already made $1.2 million in cuts.
"Any future cutting is going to be very, very painful," said Scholl.
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