On the record – Niles

WHAT: Board of education meeting Tuesday

PRESENT: President Mary Ann McMahon, Bobby Seifert, Rebecca DePanicis, Susan Giannetti Longacre, Tony Perrone, superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen, acting treasurer Lori Simione

The board:

• Approved the financial recovery plan template in response to a directive by the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission;

• Approved the school resource officer agreement between the Niles City School District and the city of Niles at the same rate as last year. Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said the school resource officer is paid for by a variety of grants;

• Approved blanket purchase orders over $5,000 for the 2019-20 fiscal year in response to a request from the Financial Planning Commission;

• Had second reading to place a renewal levy on the November ballot;

• Approved resignations of Angela Killingsworth, elementary guidance counselor, effective July 9; Laura Revetti, dean of students at Niles Primary School, effective Aug. 1; and Maria Wilaj, intervention specialist at Niles Intermediate, effective Aug. 31. Thigpen said she plans to post for the position of elementary guidance counselor. The other two positions already have been filled from within;

• Employed Brittany Gebhardt as a school psychologist and granted her a two-year administrative contract effective Aug. 1 pending successful FBI and drug screening. Gebhardt is filling an opening because of a retirement;

• Approved salary revisions for Nicole Pantelis and Anna Ratliff, both third-grade teachers at Niles Intermediate, due to the completion of master’s programs;

• Employed Gregory Fusselman as a bus driver, four hours per day, at step 0 pay, effective Aug. 20 pending successful drug screening. Fusselman, a former UPS driver, fills a retirement opening;

• Approved the reduction of one 6.5-hour cook position at Niles Middle School, at an estimated cost savings of $18,000. Thigpen said a 2018 performance audit revealed the district needed to cut approximately 9.5 hours per day from the dining staff. A two-hour position was previously cut, she said;

• Approved a lease agreement with Trumbull Community Action Program for the 2019-20 school year. Thigpen said TCAP is renting two additional classrooms for an estimated revenue of $70,2000;

• Announced the Niles Levy Committee will be hosting Dragon Day Aug. 18 to showcase the school buildings and fall sports teams;

• Set the next regular meeting for 5:30 p.m. Aug.15 at the school administration building.


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