Lake Schools will need more staff to meet state mandates PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 09:25
MILLBURY - State mandates mean more staff is needed in the Lake School District.
Treasurer Jeff Carpenter said regulations, such as the Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee, and a new teacher evaluation system, will end up generating more administrative positions in all school districts.
The Lake Board of Education at Wednesday's meeting voted to fill two new positions.
Melissa Dimmerling was given a one-year contract as assistant director of curriculum/special education/special projects. Her $60,439 salary will be supplemented with a $43,000 Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality state grant. Dimmerling had been a fifth-grade teacher at Lake.
Brian Cannon will be the new Lake Elementary dean of students. He will earn $57,000 on a one-year contract. Cannon comes from Perrysburg, where he taught for 13 years and held the similar dean of students position.
Superintendent Jim Witt said Principal Christie McPherson has been handling 600 students in the elementary, which is kindergarten though fourth. Cannon will relieve some of her duties.
"His main job will be discipline, attendance, things that go along with an assistant principal job," Witt said. "The administration has just been drowning in paperwork and regulations."
Other contracts awarded Wednesday:
•    Jay Ackerman, middle school principal, $69,000, three years.
•    Dolores Swineford, assistant high school/middle school principal, $51,500, three years.
•    McPherson, $73,500, five years.
Also, Donna Zalar, technology/grants coordinator, was given a one-year contract and $54,636. Zalar has been in that position with Lake for several years, but will leave at the end of the school year. Her husband, Michael, is going to be the new superintendent at North Olmsted City Schools; he held the same position in Oregon.
There were no pay raises given in any of the contracts, said board president Tim Krugh.
"There are no increases. It's been a while, but there aren't," he said.
Other Lake administrators, such as Witt and Carpenter, were given contract extensions in November.
In other contract business, the board approved a leave of absence for a secretary - then hired her in another secretarial position.
Vicki Huber, middle school secretary, was given a leave of absence from Aug. 1 through Aug. 1, 2014. She was then hired as a part-time central office secretary for the 2013-14 school year.
Witt said the middle school secretary job is a union position. The new part-time position comes from a full-time position that was eliminated last year and will now be reinstated as part time. Witt said at the end of the school year, Huber can decide if she wants to stay in the part-time position or return to the full-time one.
He said this has been done for other Lake employees who have "earned it." A substitute will fill the full-time secretarial job this school year.
Also at the meeting, the board hired Tonya Schauwecker, high school English teacher, and Breyonna Mathis, school psychologist, which is a temporary position paid through a grant.
The board also approved changes in positions for Amy Vorst, from fourth-grade teacher to fifth-grade teacher, and Connie Lesher, from first-grade teacher to kindergarten teacher.
Witt said there are three open teaching positions to fill for the upcoming school year.

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