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Job fair for Austintown schools draws big crowd



Published: Wed, February 6, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

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Jim Sobien, an Austintown schools parent, holds up a sign as he conducts a protest of the Austintown school district’s job fair that took place at the Austintown branch of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County on Raccoon Road on Tuesday. Sobien, pointing out that teacher-contract negotiations are ongoing, was the only one conducting the protest when the job fair started.

By Susan Tebben

stebben@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

The line stretched from the community room at the back of the public library all the way out the front doors, with hopeful job applicants waiting to be interviewed for jobs in the 2013-14 school year at Austintown schools.

The district rented the room in the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County’s Austintown branch from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to talk to potential candidates and build a pool of substitutes. The turnout was not surprising, particularly to Superintendent Vincent Colaluca.

The district recently had an opening for a third-grade job and had more than 200 people respond, “so we were expecting this,” said Colaluca, who was meeting potential secretarial candidates.

By 3 p.m., about 200 people already had gone through the room, school officials estimated.

“There are a lot of people who want full time, but we explained that though we might not be able to get them in full time, they can get in the door with other positions within the district,” Colaluca said.

Though the line was steady and remained so long that security had to redirect traffic about 3 p.m. when the library lot filled, the candidates were not stuck just standing in line.

“It’s been fine; it’s moving really smoothly,” said Gina Heeter of Austintown, who was looking for full-time classroom work. She has run an after-school program for three years and has always wanted her own classroom, she said.

Outside the room, a scheduled protest of the job fair had only organizer Jim Sobien, a district parent, at the corner of the street. He said more were scheduled to show up after they were done working for the day.

Sobien was protesting because he considered the job fair an affront to the ongoing contract negotiations with the teachers union.

“I have about 180 people saying they’re coming, so that probably means about 15 will show up,” Sobien said. “But I’ve had lots of people beeping and honking.”

The teachers union was present in the community room talking to candidates. The president of the union, Barb Tomic, previously said the union was in support of the job fair’s attempt to bring more substitutes into the system.


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1AustintownDad(2 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

I have been contacted by a BOE spokesman informing me that “The board had planed the “JOB FAIR”back in October (two months after the teachers contract expired) and it is just a coincidence that is will occur during contract negations with our teachers and that all the board is looking for is good substitute’s.” Ok I ask you, was the add placed in October or January, before negotiations, after negotiations or during negotiations?

How does this add read? “Your are invited to a job fair for FULL TIME, PART TIME and SUBSTITUTE positions”. Now please I ask you what is the intent of this “JOB FAIR”? It is my opinion that the Board and its Superintendent Vincent Colaluca never planned to negotiate in a timely manner or in good faith. This board need to end the games now get this contract finished before our students end up paying the price.

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2AustintownDad(2 comments)posted 1 year, 8 months ago

As many of you know Vincent did receive a $10,075 kiss from the board for the district making Excellent with Distinction. But the Teachers that gave this to us can not get a contract!! Something is wrong with this pic,don't you think?

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