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HOMER-CENTER: School board fills vacant teaching positions

by CHAUNCEY ROSS chauncey@indianagazette.net on July 26, 2013 10:50 AM

CENTER TOWNSHIP — The Homer-Center School District board of directors in a special session Thursday filled a few final vacant positions in advance of the school year.

The board hired Sarah Fyock, originally of Marion Center, as a secondary mathematics teacher at a starting salary of $54,149, with an unspecified contractual adjustment for the 2013-14 school year.

The board also employed Jon Stolarz as a part-time music teacher at a starting salary of $27,074.50, also with an unspecified increase under the teachers’ contract for 2013-14.

Stolarz also has served as a band director for the district since 2011.

Matthew Wilson was hired as a part-time summer maintenance worker retroactive to July 15 at a wage of $8.25 an hour, and Amy Stefan was hired as a substitute cleaner beginning with the 2013-14 school year at a rate of $8.95 an hour with an unspecified increase.

The district’s labor contracts call for wage increases based on economic factors to be determined by the state.

In other business, the board:

• Exonerated local tax collectors of $1,381.88 of real estate tax billing to three district property owners, who have been exempted from their payments because they worked as volunteers in the schools under the Senior Tax Exemption Program.

• Approved participation in a regional online advertising program to be coordinated by Thought Process Enterprises of Ellwood City. Through an arrangement with the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit, the company is soliciting agreements with districts in Indiana and Armstrong counties and plans to find sponsors to advertise on the district’s websites in exchange for a share of the sales.

There was no estimate of what revenue Homer-Center could expect to receive.

District Superintendent Charles Koren said Thought Process reported in a presentation to regional school officials that the Seneca Valley School District in Butler County received $20,000 through an agreement with Thought Process last year.

Earlier this month, the Indiana Area School District board approved an agreement with Thought Process and officials said they expected as much as $10,000 in ad revenue in the coming year.

• Approved the purchase of 11 portable walkie-talkie radios and five batteries at a cost of $2,364. The units would be added to an inventory of radios already in use by the district, and are intended to broaden the ability of administrators and teachers to keep in touch during fire drills or emergencies.

• Approved agreements with Adelphoi Education for 2013-14 day treatment services at a tuition rate of $49.46 per student per day and for special education services at $54.39 per student per day, reflecting increases of 2.5 percent over 2012-13 rates.

• Approved the purchase of textbooks for physics, history, algebra and trigonometry.

• Approved proposed revisions to the elementary handbook for 2013-14.

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