Mount Vernon City Schools Board Meeting July 19

Mount Vernon City Schools superintendent William Seder (left) shares the district's educational mission during the July 19 board meeting. 

MOUNT VERNON -- Mount Vernon City Schools board of education granted a new 3-year administrative contract for superintendent William Seder during its regular meeting Monday evening.

“We’ve got work to do,” Seder said after the board approved his contract.

The board went into executive session midway through the meeting to discuss Seder’s contract as well as a limited teachers pact for Steven Tier, which the board also approved Monday. Seder and Tier were rehired as retirees.

When employees are rehired as retirees, benefits to the district usually include salary and other benefit reductions in addition to the district getting to keep valuable employees who would otherwise leave, board president Margie Bennett said. 

The board will hold a public meeting on Pamela Rose being reemployed as a retiree at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2021 at the Energy Field House, which is required by Ohio Revised Code.

During the superintendent’s report, Seder said back-to-school procedures would be shared in the coming weeks. 

“It is our intent as we move forward that our kids will have the option to wear a mask but there will be no requirement,” Seder said. 

Seder also reported staffing changes. Since the board's last meeting in June, the district had eight retirements, 18 employee resignations, 19 staff reassignments and 30 new employee hires, Seder said. 

Regarding Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds, the district will focus funds on learning recovery and supports for schools and students; infrastructure improvements; technology; and development and professional learning, Seder said. 

Seder also said summer maintenance projects are underway, including paving projects at Pleasant Street, high school flooring, among others. 

In other business:

Regarding finances, the board:  

-- Reported total revenues ending higher than expenditures and $108,586.58 made in investments in the June 2021 financial report.

-- Approved donations for the high school art department from Jeanne Mullendore and Pleasant Street from Duane Leedy.

Regarding contracts, the board approved:

-- The 2021-22 educational/special services contract with Tri-County Educational Service Center (retroactive to July 1, 2021, and terminating on June 30, 2022). The Service Center will coordinate services for the Medicaid School Program.

-- Architectural engineering proposal from Fanning Howey for a boiler replacement in the high school.

-- A language interpretation service agreement with SpectraCorp, which the district had last school year.

-- Transportation reimbursements for guardians driving students to learning environments in different districts.

-- For students in the Leap Program during the 2021-22 school year: GCL Education Services, a special needs education company that provides education services, and EJ Therapy services for occupational and speech therapy services.

Regarding students, the board approved: 

-- Home/community school student participation in athletics (pending completion of all required paperwork) for Cameron Hart (Mount Vernon High School Athletics) and Melinda Hart (Mount Vernon Middle School Athletics).

-- 2021-22 student handbooks for the following schools: Columbia, Dan Emmett, East, Pleasant Street, Twin Oak, Wiggin Street, Middle School, High School

One person from the public participated during Monday’s meeting and urged the board to include Christianity in more of the district’s daily instruction. 

The board also approved the June 21, 2021 regular meeting minutes. The board moved into executive session at the end of the meeting.

The next regular Mount Vernon City Schools board of education meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the Community Room at Energy Field House, located at 101 Yellow Jacket Drive.

The board is composed of president Margie Bennett, vice president Jody Goetzman, Mary Rugola-Dye, Tim Workman and Steve Thompson.

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Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.

Emma Davis is a 2021 graduate of the University of Richmond, from which she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and leadership studies. Emma reports for Knox Pages and Ashland Source through Report for America.