JVS board approves deal with teachers
BLOOMINGDALE — A deal has been reached between the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board and the JVS Teachers’ Association which will carry them through another three years.
During Tuesday’s regular session, the board approved entering into a master agreement with the JVSTA which is effective Aug. 1, 2021, through July 31, 2024.
It reflects a 2-percent increase each year for the duration of the pact and officials further stipulated that the tentative agreement will be incorporated into the master plan between the two parties.
Superintendent Todd Phillipson said negotiations went well and he was pleased to see both sides come to an accord.
“It was a productive agreement that should serve the school well for the next three years,” he added. “It was great to come to an agreement that benefits both parties and the students.”
JVSTA President Tammy Sismondo, who also serves as health technologies instructor, was also pleased to see an amenable conclusion.
“I think it was a fair agreement and both parties are happy,” she said. “I think everything went well.”
On a related note, officials approved salary increases effective Aug. 1, 2021, through July 31, 2024, for non-certified and administrative staff consistent with the changes to the teachers’ salary agreement.
The board also bid goodbye to member Randy Henry, who resigned after nearly four years of service and represented Toronto City Schools. Henry’s resignation was effective July 8 and Phillipson said he was an asset to the JVS and board of education.
“He has been a great board member and was always thorough in his approach, plus he came with a wealth of knowledge for the safety of the school.”
In other action:
• Phillipson presented an update on projects, saying new Kinetex commercial flooring was placed in the cafeteria and entrance by J&J Flooring of Columbus while Smitty’s Floors placed carpeting in the teachers’ and students’ lounges, computer class and four classrooms. The Kinetex project cost about $31,900 with the carpeting priced around $14,000. Other updates included blacktopping around the exterior of the building by Wilson Blacktop for $34,500;
• Supervisor/Assistant Principal Andy Long shared the Technical Skill Attainment Report and said the school report card will not be released until this fall and the data would be used for recovery and improvement planning. Long added that 97 percent of the students completed testing during the pandemic;
• Phillipson read letters to Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-30th District, and Rep. Ron Ferguson, R-96th District, regarding the use of broadband providers. He said districts utilize the services of agencies such as OMERESA and not private companies, but the wording regarding private providers was since eliminated. More correspondence included a survey to John LaRue regarding a property sale and emails about Perkins Grant funding approval and Ohio H.B. 110 on school funding;
• The board approved Sismondo as lead mentor for the 2021-22 school year;
• Officials approved an increase in substitute teacher pay to $100 per day;
• The board approved adult education instructors, classes and hours for the fall semester;
• Leaders approved the employment of James Raymond for custodial/maintenance on a one-year limited contract, effective July 27, pending an BCI/FBI criminal records check;
• Officials affirmed the USDA Child Nutrition Program’s permanent agreement for the 2021-22 school year;
• The board approved payment to the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for costs associated with JVS students taking credit recovery and enrichment courses via the Virtual Learning Academy;
• The board approved the extension of its two-year WIO Local Workforce Development Area 16 MOU into year three from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022;
• Leaders approved a 36-month contract with Cintas for uniforms;
• The board accepted a timber sale bid from DeNoon Lumber;
• Officials approved a Technology Centers That Work grant;
• The board approved the purchase of 22 workbenches for power mechanics from Snap-on and nine computers for the computer networking technologies lab. Both projects total more than $39,000;
• Phillipson announced updates to the emergency operation plan;
• The superintendent also announced the administration meeting will be held Aug. 6 and the Ohio ACTE Conference was set for July 26-28 with Long, Supervisor/Principal Dan Hartman, culinary arts instructor Glen Zalenski and cosmetology instructor Diane Dalesio to attend;
• Phillipson announced the fire alarm inspection was completed by Warren Fire; and
• The next board meeting was set for Aug. 17.