BG Schools looking to fill positions of retiring staff
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Friday, 22 March 2013 09:14
Bowling Green Schools will be looking to fill at least 12 positions for 2013-14, after nine more teachers and staff were approved for retirement at Tuesday's school board meeting.
Leaving May 31 will be Daniel Foust, high school guidance; Beverly Agoston, high school special needs; Larry Ensinger, high school math; Lora Jorrey, Kenwood Elementary second grade; Nancy Broz, Ridge Elementary special needs; and Susan "Chip" Harms, sixth-grade reading/science.
Deborah Warner, Crim Elementary third grade, will leave Aug. 16.
Also, Mike Vannett, athletic director and dean of students, will leave June 21.
Superintendent Ann McVey called the list "people for whom education is a passion, not a job."
Four other teacher retirements were approved in February.
Also announcing her retirement was Lisa Codding, high school guidance secretary.
Last year, the board accepted 12 retirement requests, and McVey expects more in the next two years as changes start with State Teacher Retirement System obligations.
The district two years ago switched to an online application process, and will use that once open positions are posted internally.
The electronic process has benefited the district.
"Students graduating from universities today are looking online for openings," said McVey.
"We get lots and lots of applications from a very broad area, even out of state," she added. "We are not concerned about being able to find highly qualified candidates for these positions."
The problem is narrowing down the several hundred applicants typically received for each position.
"We conducted over 80 interviews last year, almost all of them in May," McVey said. "We are very selective over who we offer a position to."
Jobs are currently posted internally now, in case staff want to switch positions.
All remaining openings will be posted online by mid April.
"It's not a given we'll fill every single position" as the district tracks enrollment numbers and class need, she said.
There are currently 197 teachers employed in the district.
Vannett's position will be more difficult to fill, McVey continued.
Vannett, who has been with the district 23 years, move into the position after teaching and coaching in the district.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, district Treasurer Rhonda Melchi reported the district has spent $1 million less this year than it had last year at this time.
The district is seeing the benefits from the reductions made in teachers and buildings, McVey explained.
District resident Ken Gutbrod also took the opportunity to post more information online about how the district spends its money, particularly salaries.
By putting out such data, it helps with transparency in the districts, helps taxpayers make informed decisions and stops misinformation.
Gutbrod said he does not plan to support the district's May ballot issue without seeing such data.
"They (the voters) cannot make an informed voting decision," he said after the meeting.
McVey said Wednesday that the district is in the process of updating its Web site and online presence.
She didn't commit to posting salaries.
"We will definitely give it consideration," she stated.
Anyone wanting such information is invited to make a public records request at the Administrative Office on Clough Street.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• accepted retirement requests from bus drivers Jack Whitacre and Robert Kidd
• renewed contracts for principals Martha Fether, Jeff Dever, Gary Keller and Joe Zabowski; and technology coordinator Beth Krolak
• recognized a number of student athletes for their accomplishments this year
• approved field trip requests from the Key Club to the district convention in Columbus, and FFA students to the state convention, also in Columbus.