To help run two elementary buildings — each of which has one principal responsible for 700 or more children — a new dean of students position has been created at Wilmington City Schools.
Wilmington High School Guidance Counselor Jennifer Adkins has transferred to the position. She will spend half her time at Holmes Elementary and the other half at Denver Place Elementary.
“The reality is 700 kids for one principal is not manageable. Even though financially we wanted to wait a while, the kids come first,” WCS Superintendent Ron Sexton said. The board approved the measure Monday at its July meeting.
The Ohio Department of Education recommends one administrator per 350 to 400 elementary students in a building, according to Sexton.
The district’s third elementary, East End, has about 350 children, which falls within the ODE’s guideline and is manageable for one building principal, Sexton said.
In the newly formed position, Adkins will be on a normal teacher salary scale, with experience factored in, said WCS Business Director Curt Bone. Her annual pay will be $57,414.
A high school counselor job is now open, as are four teaching spots. The hope is to have all vacant teacher positions filled by the end of the week, said Sexton.
On another matter, the district has reached a three-year negotiated agreement with Wilmington Education Association, the local teachers union. Under the contract, teachers will receive a 2 percent pay increase the first year of the agreement. Negotiations on pay can be reopened between the district and teachers union after one year, the superintendent said.
Discussions are ongoing between the district and the classified employees, which include all staff other than teachers and administrators, who do not have a union.
In other business conducted Monday, the board approved a $2,652 yearly stipend for the district’s instrumental music director. The new stipend is to pay the instrumental music director for band contests held on five weekends every spring. Other districts have similar arrangements, said WCS Superintendent Ron Sexton.
The school board also approved a $47,467 contract with the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center for educational sign-language services for fiscal year 2015.
Vanessa Roe was employed as secretary for East End Elementary School, effective Aug. 1.
Gary Huffenberger can be reached at 937-382-2574 ext. 2512 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.