MOUNT VERNON — Wednesday’s meeting of the Knox County Educational Service Center board was short and sweet, Treasurer Heather Darnold told the News.
Regarding personnel, the board accepted the resignation of secretary Cheryl Colopy, effective after June 30. Colopy has served the ESC for 15 years. It also accepted the resignation of one-on-one Clear Fork aide Logan Doup, effective at the end of the 2011-12 school year. The board subsequently hired Barbara Waite as a secretary, effective July 1, and approved McKenzie Amstutz as a one-on-one aide for Clear Fork. It employed Tiffany DiSalvio and Kathleen Lumpkins as consultants, effective July 30. Tracey Metzger was approved as a speech pathologist and Trea Will and Jolene Kiser were employed as occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant, respectively, for Mount Vernon City Schools. Mary Lou Herrold was also approved to serve Mount Vernon City Schools as special education facilitator.
Besides approving routine fiscal actions, the board accepted a $50 donation from Mr. and Mrs. Kim Rose for the Summer Honors Program, $100 from April Miller for the Centerburg preschool class field trip to the Columbus Zoo, and an iPod shuffle from Dr. and Mrs. Rodstrom for the listening therapy program. It also renewed membership in the Ohio Educational Service Center Association, approved a contract with the Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association Information Technology Center and approved a $45 tuition rate per student per day for the Knox Virtual Academy. The board discontinued participation in the Eastern Regional Education Service Agency Health Benefits Program and approved health indemnity coverage through Nationwide Insurance, effective the 2012-13 school year. Darnold said that before changing companies the health insurance premiums cost $60,000 per month. Under the new plan, the cost is $7,700 per month. Because of the cost savings achieved, the board will now pay 100 percent of the premiums for all employees enrolled in the plan.
No further action was taken.