Settlement approved in bus vandalism case
Revere Local Schools Board of Education
By Anne Dennée
At the June 26 Revere Local Schools Board of Education meeting, the board approved a $15,000 settlement with Indiana Insurance and the parents of two students involved with a bus vandalism incident that occurred two years ago.
According to Revere’s Treasurer David Forrest, Indiana Insurance, the district’s insurance agency, sued the parents of two then-16-year-old students involved in the vandalism incident. Indiana negotiated a settlement with the parents and in turn will use the money to reimburse Revere for all out-of-pocket costs associated with the incident.
Forrest said the reimbursement will cover Revere’s $2,500 deductible and that Indiana has indicated the district’s insurance premium would not increase as a result of the incident.
In other business, the board agreed to join a health care consortium with Copley-Fairlawn City, Wadsworth City and Barberton City school districts. The consortium, which is solely for processing claims, is expected to save the district $30,000.
As part of the deal’s terms, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Revere’s health care plan provider, agreed to a 5 percent cap on administrative fee increases for two years.
The terms of the health care consortium also require that all the members have the same contract renewal date. So board members approved renewal of the district’s health care plan with Anthem, with all terms of coverage to remain intact, except for the plan renewal date, which will move from Nov. 1 to July 1.
The board also decided to renew agreements with Orlando Baking Co. to supply bakery products and Dairyman’s to supply milk, coolers and straws for 2007-08. Although costs for bakery and dairy products have increased slightly, student lunch fees will remain the same as the last two years.
In other business, the board:
approved a two-year contract with an annual salary of $79,900 for Andy LaBadie as the district’s director of curriculum; LaBadie was formerly the assistant principal at Hillcrest Elementary School;
hired Mary Rita Shafer as head cook at Revere High School; Shafer was previously head cook at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School;
promoted Nila Ellis from transportation department secretary to transportation supervisor;
hired Robert Krisch as a science teacher for the high school and Joseph Susick as a high school language arts and English teacher;
accepted resignations from the high school’s athletic director Phil Hatton, who is leaving to take the job of principal at Orrville High School, and from elementary school librarian Judy Reuscher, who is retiring; also retiring is transportation aide Dorothy Zietlow;
agreed to retain Roetzel & Andress for legal services since the board’s former legal firm, Whalen and Compton, is merging with Roetzel & Andress;
approved contracts to send two students to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism for the 2007-08 school year at a cost of $62,551 per student;
approved a motion to use the Summit County General Health District for comprehensive health and nursing services for the 2007-08 year; and
approved revisions to the strategic plan for 2007-10.
Recent donations to the district include:
√ $81,000 from the Revere Schools Foundation for SMARTboards for Bath and Hillcrest elementary schools;
√ $6,528 to Bath Elementary from the Bath PTA for educational supplies;
√ $1,100 to Hillcrest Elementary from the Hillcrest PTA for the installation of SMARTboards;
√ $399 from Marie Parker and family for a banner for the boys tennis team;
√ $200 from Carl Kollert for the Frank Pappano Memorial Scholarship Fund; and
√ $101 from Ladalow Enterprises/Fussy Cleaners for the Fussy Cleaners Student Scholarship Fund.
Board President Diana Sabitsch commended Shawna DeVoe, outgoing director of instruction and technology, for four years of hard work on behalf of the district. DeVoe is leaving Revere to be the assistant superintendent of Orrville City Schools. Board member Dr. Sandra Deveny added that DeVoe had done “a tremendous job” and will be missed.
The next regular meeting of the Revere Local Schools Board of Education will be July 17 at 7 p.m. at the board’s administrative office, 3496 Everett Road.