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Copley-Fairlawn district seeking quotes for paving

7/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

The Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education rejected all bids for a proposed paving project during the June 24 meeting.

Treasurer John Wheadon said the bids were about twice the estimated cost of paving parking lots for district buildings. The board approved seeking quotes from at least three vendors and bypassing statutory competitive bidding procedures.

Business Manager Steven Robinson said the statutory procedures, which include advertising for bids, would not allow time for the project to be completed this summer.

Robinson said he is expecting to get lower bids or the district will adjust the scope of the project to stay within budget. Robinson said he expects to get the new bids in time for the board to approve the project at its July 8 meeting.

The district is seeking a new director of pupil services with the resignation, effective July 17, of Denise Cirino, who has accepted a similar position with Mayfield City Schools, Superintendent Brian Poe said. She was hired in July 2012. Cirino previously held a similar position with the Summit County Educational Services Center (ESC). Poe said several people have expressed interest in the position, which is “always a tough one to fill.”

The board also accepted the resignation for retirement purposes of Barbara Hafner, a cafeteria monitor who retired June 4 with 35 years of service to the district, Poe said.

S. Mike Archinal was hired as instrumental music teacher/band director for Copley-Fairlawn Middle School. He replaces Lori Ciulla, who has retired. Other hires include speech language pathologist Julianne Mier. Technology teacher Sarah Trogdon and Chinese teacher Ping Zhou were awarded full-time contracts. The two previously had been part-time.

The board also approved a long list of curriculum coordinators, athletics coaches and academic/club advisers and coaches.

The board also approved routine contracts for services, including:

√ Summit County ESC, about $600,000 for services including intervention aides, kindergarten intervention, a school psychologist, speech services, technology services and safety and security;

√ Summit County ESC, a total of $100,000 to $150,000 for the year, to be determined, for special needs preschool services;

√ The University of Akron (UA), $66,000 for literacy teacher coaching; and

√ The PT Center, $30,800 for athletic training/trainers for district sports activities.

In other action, the board:

  • approved obtaining liability, fleet, property and inland marine insurance from Love Insurance for $98,327 for the policy period July 1 through June 30, 2015;
  • accepted donations, including about $41,473 from the Copley Adult All Sports Boosters, $100 from the Miyoshi family for instructional materials at Fort Island Primary School and $3,300 from the Fort Island PTA for library books and upgrades to hallway displays;
  • approved disposal of student activities funds for the classes of 1997, 1999, 2010, 2012 and 2013. The funds, totaling almost $3,300, will be applied to the Stuart Tolle Scholarship Fund held by the Copley-Fairlawn Schools Foundation;
  • approved payment to workers for the Copley Girls Basketball Camp July 7-10 from the Basketball Activity Fund;
  • approved job sharing for elementary school teachers Erin Burtoft and Mariah Cadnum and Melissa Capper and Lisa Blachaniec;
  • approved payment of stipends from UA to student teacher mentors. Payments ranged from $120 to $320;
  • adopted the “Scholastic Traits” writing program for the 2014-15 school year;
  • approved payments in lieu of transportation;
  • approved overnight field trips for Copley High School yearbook staff members and the high school music department; and
  • accepted resignations of sixth-grade teacher Ann King, German teacher Corbin Mathias, music teacher Alison McDonald and social studies teacher Stephen Zimmerer.

The board took no action following an executive session to discuss negotiations with public employees.

In other district news, a federal mediator has been called in to help district officials and its teachers’ union come to terms on a new contract.

After six meetings on a contract proposal first submitted to the Copley Teachers Association April 23, Poe said the two sides are at an impasse, prompting involvement of the mediator.

No meeting with the mediator has yet been scheduled. Poe said he anticipated several meetings with the mediator to try to resolve the issues. Mediation is not binding, he added.

The teachers’ most recent contract expired June 29, Poe said. Under Ohio law, the contract will remain in effect until a new agreement can be reached, he added.

The board’s next meeting is July 8 at 6 p.m. in the Copley High School Main Conference Room, 3797 Ridgewood Road.

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