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Several new staff members were introduced during Monday’s regular meeting of the Benjamin Logan Board of Education as administrators continue for the first day of school Wednesday.

Among new staffers introduced during the meeting was Mark Foley, who replaces special education director Scott Frederick, who accepted the assistant high school principal position after the retirement of principal Scott Albert and promotion of Mark Butler to Mr. Albert’s position.

An employee of the Logan County Educational Service Center, Mr. Foley is being “shared” with Riverside Local Schools to allow both the services of “a great qualified person,” Superintendent Lori Lytle said. Ben Logan’s share of his salary is $28,828 per year.

Other introductions included teachers Alex Melton, Alyssa Morrison, Sarah Smith, Stacey Walterbusch and Ryan Kerns, educational assistants Kae Lynn Lyden, Lisa Adams and Billie Jo O’Brien, and administrative assistant Shawna Bensman.

Recent retirees also were recognized for their years of service, including high school language arts instructor Kathleen Davis, 26 years; educational assistant Sandra Stephens, 24 years; high school math teacher Ann Wildermuth, 37 years; and gifted specialist Susan Simon, 11 years.

Classified resignations included that of middle school educational assistant Penny Stout and middle school cashier Leigh Newland. Breanne Comer stepped down as middle school volleyball coach and Jana Mitchell as high school girls golf coach.

Mr. Kerns was employed as a third-grade teacher and assistant soccer coach; and Mrs. O’Brien is a middle school educational assistant.

Advancements on the salary schedule were awarded to Carleton Cotner and Kyra Fry, master’s; and Doug Rutan, master’s +15.

Food service workers were issued a reduction in hours as follows: Julia Cook, Beverly Houchin, Sharon Larson, Teresa Shaw and Brenda William, six hours; Carol Hardman, two and one-half hours; and Linda Patrick and Elizabeth Tevis, seven hours.

Supplemental contracts went to Stacy Walterbusch, freshman/JV cheerleader; Tiann Harner, high school girls golf; Robert Painter, assistant boys soccer; Robert Fawcett; and Doug Rutan, winter sports manager. Erica Marquis will serve as middle school volleyball coach under a non-licensed individual contract.

In other matters, the board accepted, authorized or approved:

• a $100 stipend to Ryan Kerns for math curriculum alignment training;

• home instruction tutors pay at $24 per hour;

• waiving body mass index screenings;

• a service contract with the ESC for Braille teacher services at a cost of $17,990;

• a service contract with the ESC for orientation and mobility services at a cost of $5,985;

• membership in the Coalition for Fiscal Fairness in Ohio, at a cost of $7,000;

• revision to the school calendar after adopting the plan for alternative make-up of calamity days;

• a change in dental insurance carrier from Met Life to OASIS Trust;

• bus routes and transportation to Discovery Center;

• the use of EZ Pay for online payments of school fees;

• suppliers of cafeteria products and services, Reiter Dairy, Nickles Bakery, Miller’s Textile Services and Allied Waste Services;

• the volunteer assistant volleyball coaching services of Katie Luebke; and

• a $23,000 Discover Pathway to Financial Success Grant from Discover to Lois Stoll of iPads for the Family and Consumer Science department.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.

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