By William Kincaid
A salary increase was granted to newly-hired Mercer County Educational Service Center Superintendent Andy Smith, who has been on the job for less than three months.
The governing board on Thursday night bumped Smith's initial salary of $92,600 to $96,031, effective in July. The increase includes a 2.625 percent raise, issued to all ESC employees, and a $1,000 salary step.
Board members said the salary increase for all ESC staff was agreed upon last month. Smith started work April 1.
The increase was calculated based on the average salary raise at Fort Recovery, Marion Local, Parkway and St. Henry, Treasurer Mary Brandon said.
St. Henry schools Treasurer Glenn Miller, who assists Brandon part-time at the ESC, also received a continuing contract and salary increase effective July 1. Miller's new salary will be $11,288. The board also hired the following teachers and substitute teachers Thursday night with one-year contracts: special education teacher Karen Ashbaugh, special education teacher Angela Pedroza, intern psychologist Sandy Hartings and substitute teacher Cathy Liening.
Also during the meeting, board members:
¥ Learned expenditures for the month totaled $346,198 and revenue was $444,419. The current fund balance is $908,516.
¥ Approved membership in the Grand Lake Safety Council for an annual membership fee of $75
¥ Approved the appointment of Sheakley Inc. as the workers comprehensive claims administrator, at a cost of $988 effective July 1.
¥ Approved a property, liability and vehicle insurance bid of $6,234 submitted by Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (SORSA), which carries a $1 million limit.
¥ Learned the Community Organization Linking Together (COLT) has put together an agreement to contract with Wright State University-Lake Campus to administer a phone survey to the residents of Mercer County to gather information for all agencies to utilize and improve services and apply for grants.
¥ Learned that students from school districts in Mercer County may be able to take advanced placement courses online. The program currently is being researched.
¥ Approved a contract with the Mercer County Board of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities to provide speech services two days a week during the summer for $4,592.