FREDERICKTOWN — Knox County Career Center Superintendent Bernie Pachmayer and its director Robert Kirk visited Tuesday’s meeting of the Fredericktown school board.
Pachmayer began her remarks by telling the board, “The students you send us are top notch.” She mentioned recent calls to reconfigure the career center board and explained what it would mean to the local schools if the career center were dissolved and restructured.
She said she and Kirk were at the meeting to ask if the career center is meeting the Fredericktown students’ needs.
Board president Tom Seymour and board member Jim Wagner said their concern was representation and input by the local schools. “Our concern is how to improve communication,” said Wagner. He said it is not enough for the career center to expect the local schools to send someone to its board meetings. He wants the communication to be a two-way street.
In response, Pachmayer said the career center will send an administrator to the local boards’ meetings on a regular basis.
With regard to personnel, the board granted the retirement request of custodian Larry Hazen, effective Dec. 31. Hazen has served the district 35 years. The board also moved to increase the pay rate for classified substitutes in order to comply with State of Ohio minimum wage requirements effective Jan. 1 and established the home tutor instruction rate at $20.60 per hour. Andrea Tumbleson resigned as intervention specialist, but will continue to serve as a home tutor. Teresa Giffin and Marj Booth were assigned to share junior class advisor duties and a substantial number of volunteers was approved.
In addition to approving routine fiscal actions, the board approved the latest five-year financial forecast. Treasurer Pat Miller said the district has seen a reduction in revenues of more than $350,000 since fiscal year 2010. It has also reduced expenses by nearly $400,000, so the bottom line at this time is tight but not in the red.
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