The Grove School Board members hired three teachers during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
New hires are Charla Matthews, Title III Bilingual Liaison with a $3,000 stipend; Rick Trimble, assistant Varsity Football and 8th grade football coach and Donna Mouse, high school English.
Mouser was hired on a temporary contract.
Twenty days were added to Technology Director Dusty Crowder’s contract, specifically 10 days before and 10 days after the current school year. Crowder’s contact addition was retroactive to the start of the current school year.
The board also filled several support staff positions including John Peel, bus driver; Shaney Owen and Charlie Katzer as a paraprofessionals; Sonnie Nelson, teacher assistant; Belinda Varns and Julia Bates as night custodians.
The board also approved transferring Jessica Helmer from a teacher assistant to a library clerk and Michella Morgan, bus driver and Christen McCoin, lower elementary library clerk resigned from their positions.
Extra duty resignations were received from Caroline Burleson, middle school student council; Danae Hardy, Computer Site Tech; Debra Facio, upper elementary yearbook, and Amanda Pollan, middle school student council.
In other classroom instructor related business, the board took no action on the proposal regarding negotiations with the Grove Classroom Teachers Association.
In financial business, Superintendent Pat Dobson reported the school’s bank balance and investment account has a total of over $10.1 million, which is broken down with Grand Savings Bank balance, $6,979,948.80 and ICS Investment account, $3,214,805.20 for a total of $10,194,754.
Outstanding warrants, or bills, total $405,491.49 and a lease revenue bond payment for $4,213,650 for the Performing Arts Center is due Aug. 20. The First National Bank activity fund account balance is $315,742.92.
The board also approved a contract with the city of Grove for school resource officers. Earlier this month the Grove city council approved a contract with the school district paying $51,000 for two officers.
Bids for two vehicles were approved from Miami Auto, a Suburban for $39,400; a Traverse for $25,650 and an Equinox for $21,395.
The board also approved renewing the independent contractor and services agreement with INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation by a 4-0 vote, with Dr. James Rutter, board president abstained from the voting citing a conflict of interest.
In other business, the board approved:
• Reinstating semester test exemptions for the middle school and high school.
• The Jim Beauchamp Baseball Field agreement with the City of Grove.
• Short term student suspension review committee, internal activity review committee also referred to as extracurricular activities, the Healthy and Fit Schools Advisory committee/Safe School committee, and the Gifted/Talented Advisory committee.
• Revised several school policies from the school’s attorneys, Rosenstein, Fist and Ringold ranging from continuing education for school board members to family medical leave, to discrimination, harassment and retaliation to service animals and the use of wireless devices and electronic accounts.
• Adopt polices related to District and Tribal Community Relations and Implementing the Patriotic Access to Students in Schools Act.