TROY —The Troy Board of Education voted to extend treasurer Jeff Price’s contract through 2021 on Monday.
The contract is effective Aug. 1, 2016 through July 31, 2021. His annual base salary will be $127,345 with salary increases following administrative schedule effective Aug. 1, 2017.
“This is probably somewhat unique that we would extend a five-year contract to him, but I think in recognition of his performance and contribution to our administrative cabinet, it’s our small way of saying we think you are doing a great job,”said President Doug Trostle said.
Price was previously employed by the Piqua City Schools before he was hired by Troy City School on June 10, 2013.
Superintendent Eric Herman also reported to the school board that the state report card results were going to be late, confusing and overall, frustrating to interpret for the public and for the district.
“We’ve tried to capture the numbers to try and compare and I’ve asked (curriculum and instruction administrator Michael) Mr. Moore several times and he can’t even find the numbers to compare,” Herman said.
Following Herman’s report, Trostle said the state report card remains “clear as mud.”
According to a press release from the Ohio Department of Education, for the 2014-2015 report card only, the department will be sharing additional information on Ohio School Report Cards regarding the impact of student participation. The department will share a modified achievement measure score and grade, which will be calculated using a similar method to the Performance Index and include only students who participated in state tests. The information will be displayed on the State Report Card to be released on Feb. 25. Part of the state report card results were released last month.
In other district news:
Human Resource director Marion Stout reported the district continues to seek substitute bus drivers. She also reported she has not received any indication from any staff members across the district who are considering retirement or resignation, which she said is unusual for this time of year.
“Does that say that we have gotten our staff to a level where we are actually benefiting from some consistency and continuity?” Trostle asked.
Stout said she believed a majority of veteran teachers retired in the last few years due to the changes to the state retirement fund.
Vice-President Joyce Reives asked Stout to review the district’s policy in regards to the unpaid leave of absence policy for child-rearing for the full upcoming school year. For example, two teachers were granted unpaid leaves of absence for child rearing for the 2016-2017 year.
Stout explained that the district’s collective bargaining agreement allows a teacher to have the year of which a baby is born to take a leave of absence after FMLA is used as well as two additional years off if they chose.
Stout said teachers must notify the district by March 1 so plans can be made to fill the position with one-year contracts or long-term substitute. Stout said after the one-year contract is up and the teacher is a quality instructor, they often try to find an open position for that instructor. Reives said the option is a nice benefit for the Troy School district employees.
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