Austintown board deals with various personnel issues

Published: Tue, August 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Christine Keeling


Personnel issues took center stage at the school district’s board meeting.

The board approved nine resignations and a leave of absence and hired two new teachers and a food-service administrator Monday during its monthly meeting.

Board President Kathy Mock and Superintendent Vince Colaluca presented Trevor Mauch a certificate of recognition for the job he did as videographer for ACTV Channel 19 before the board voted to accept his resignation as well as the resignations of Norma McBride, Stephanie Dailey, Lisa McKula, Susan Vinkler, Harry Shood, Jerry Bruff, Sue DeToro and Trescia Heacock.

McBride and Shood retired after 23 and eight years of service to the district, respectively, while Mauch said he plans to move to Texas to build wind turbines. McBride was a food-service worker; Shood a sweeper/cleaner at Frank Ohl Intermediate School.

Leaving for personal reasons were McKula, Vinkler, Bruff and DeToro. Heacock, a part-time nurse at Lloyd Elementary School, and Dailey, a teacher, are relocating.

Teacher Joan Ford was granted unpaid medical leave through May 30.

Colaluca said that through attrition, all laid-off employees have been recalled.

Board members welcomed and approved one-year limited contracts to Hallie Segers and Brian Canacci. Segers graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree and will teach language arts at Fitch High School. Canacci earned a bachelor’s degree at Youngstown State University and will teach comprehensive business at Fitch High School.

Their salaries are in accordance with the negotiated agreement base salary of $29,737. Their health-care contribution will be 10 percent.

Tascin Brooks will be the district’s food-service administrator for two years. Brooks will earn $40,000 a year in the new position and contribute 10 percent to health care.

Colaluca said the position was created to bring the school into compliance with an audit finding and because of need. He said estimates reveal that close to 50 percent of the district’s children will be eligible for free or reduced lunches.

The board agreed to leave the prices students pay for reduced lunches the same as last year. The cost for reduced breakfast will remain 30 cents and reduced lunches will be 40 cents. Breakfast for elementary students is $1, and $1.25 for intermediate, middle and high school students. Lunch for elementary students will remain $1.75, and $2.25 for intermediate, middle and high-school students.

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