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Revere treasurer taking on new duties

4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

BATH — The Revere Local Schools Board of Education approved the creation of a new administrative position March 31.

The position gives district Treasurer and CFO Dave Forrest an addition to his title to include chief operations officer. He now also will oversee district-wide operations, including facilities, transportation, food service and technology.

According to Board President Claudia Hower, the board decided to combine these three positions into one because it will help save the district a significant amount of money.

“We will be saving the school district about $20,000 annually,” Hower said.

Hower also noted that Forrest will not be completely alone in his work. The board also plans to hire a facilities manager to assist Forrest with his duties.

“I just want to thank the board for their approval of my new contract and their support,” Forrest said. “I think combining these positions will help us to be more efficient than we have been in the past.”

The board also approved an increase to Forrest’s salary because of the extra responsibilities he will now have. The board voted 4-1, with board member Diana Sabitsch casting the dissenting vote. Forrest’s annual salary now is $118,232, and his new contract will run through July 2017.

Hower also added the board considered not only the extra responsibilities Forrest will take on when increasing his salary, but also how others in similar positions are compensated.

The board also approved a one-year contract with Nason Landscaping Inc. to maintain all designated grass, shrubbery beds, trees and woody ornamentals at all district buildings with a vote of 4-1, with board member George Seifert abstaining.

The board accepted bids for this contract, and Nason Landscaping came in with the lowest bid at $29,209. Also submitting a bid was Suncrest Gardens.

In other business, the board approved:

  • an amended contract with Superintendent Randy Boroff. His contract, which expires July 31, 2015, needed to be amended to include changes in the State Teachers Retirement System. There was no pay increase in the new contract;
  • the resignations for retirement for the following Revere staff members: Bob Buchanan, Revere High School math teacher; Bob Carlyon, Bath Elementary School music teacher; Martha Jenkins, Hillcrest Elementary School kindergarten teacher; Sherri McLean, Hillcrest Elementary School kindergarten teacher; Linda Weigand, Revere High School counselor; Rosemary LeVoyer, secretary to the director of student services; and Maxine Roten, secretary to the guidance department at Revere High School;
  • two-year contracts for five staff members: John Evans, assistant principal at Revere High School; Dan Fry, principal at Bath Elementary School; Beth Harrington, assistant principal at Hillcrest Elementary School; Chris Kovach, director of student services; and Katie Kowza, principal at Hillcrest Elementary School;
  • Amanda Aramouni as a long-term substitute for Ginny Habig, for first grade at Hillcrest Elementary School; Julie Brown as the long-term substitute for Sandy Kahoe, for fifth grade at Bath Elementary School; and Lori Hutchins as the long-term substitute for Denise Sheffield, for third grade at Hillcrest Elementary School;
  • the contract of Assistant Treasurer Georgianne Jackson for two years;
  • the hiring of Michael Critchfield as the district facilities maintenance supervisor from May 1 through July 31, 2016, at an annual salary of $57,000;
  • Jennifer Greulich as a substitute secretary and library aide to be used on an as needed basis;
  • several minor changes to the school policy;
  • an overnight trip to Columbus April 25-26 for the Science Olympiad state level competition for both Revere High School and Revere Middle School; and
  • high school Spanish teacher Erin Bethea as a home instructor for the 2013-14 school year to be used as needed.

The board will meet for a special meeting April 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road, and for its regular meeting April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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