New Castle News


June 20, 2014

Mohawk hires substitute finders

NEW CASTLE — Mohawk staff will no longer scramble in the mornings to find substitute teachers.

The school board this week contracted with Kelly Educational Services of Pittsburgh to fill positions. This is a one-year contract.

The district will pay $101.25 per day if a substitute is needed. The substitutes are not employees of the district.

Board secretary/business manager Janet Crum said the service is expected to save the district in staff time and worker’s compensation and unemployment compensation costs.

The district also approved a one-year blended learning services agreement with VLN Partners of Pittsburgh.

The agency, which specializes in virtual, long-distance learning, will contact students who live in the district but are enrolled in cyber schools to entice them back to Mohawk.

Superintendent Kathleen Kwolek said these students could continue their cyber program but participate in Mohawk classes and extracurricular activities and their diploma would identify them as Mohawk graduates.

Kwolek said Mohawk has its own cyber school academy, but said she knows there are students in the district who are independent of the district.

The board also:

•Approved a one-year support staff contract affecting 90 employees — bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, para-professionals and custodians. Those employees will receive an average hourly increase of 3.87 percent.

•Raised lunch prices by 10 cents for the 2014-15 school year. This sets elementary school lunch costs at $1.65 and $1.80 at the high school.

•Continued the contract with Dr. Joseph Gallo to serve as school doctor at $8,500. He will continue to do student and athlete physicals and serve as the team doctor.

•Approved a three-year contract with Mark C. Turnley, certified public accountant, to provide annual audits. He will be paid $7,500 for the current year, $7,600 for next year’s audit and $7,700 for the audit ending June 30, 2016.

•Contracted with Eckles Architects and Engineers to study electric distribution and the emergency power system of the district’s buildings. The study is not to exceed 50 hours or $5,000.

•Contracted with Lawrence County Drug and Alcohol Commission for a preventative services contract at $2,185.

•Hired C&C Security of New Castle at $21 per hour to provide security for the 2014-15 school year.

•Contracted with Schneider’s Dairy to supply milk for the 2014-15 school year.

•Accepted resignations of high school teacher Linda Mayer as National Honor Society, Peer Leadership and senior class co-adviser and Michele Peterson as senior class co-adviser and student council adviser Both teachers will remain as teachers.

•Approved family leave for elementary teacher Ashley Johnson from Aug. 19 through Nov. 3.

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