BYESVILLE, Ohio -- Meeting in special session on Monday evening, the Rolling Hills Board of Education finalized the contract with the teachers union, and approved two key coaching positions for the upcoming school year.
The board Monday night unanimously approved the contract between the Rolling Hills Education Association and the board, effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016. Superintendent Ryan Caldwell says that finalizing the contract is a big moment for the district. He says that negotiations went well throughout and he complimented the union for their cooperation and understanding, saying that "we only have one pot of money, and had to work through that". He adds that the agreement is fair for both sides and was made in the best interest of the students.
Preparing for summer classes and the upcoming school year, a number of personnel items were approved. In addition to a number of Colt Camp/Kindergarten Jump Start Summer Teachers, those approved by the board include: Todd Bates (Brook Singers), Diane Box (Flag Instructor), Deborah Kackley (Computer Technology, Brook Intermediate) and Kimberly Rucker (District RN).
Two notable contracts in the Athletic Department were approved by the board Monday night for Mike Podlasiak ( Head Girls Basketball Coach and Math Teacher at MHS) and Jesse Wells (Head Football Coach). Podlasiak is a well known figure in the area, who has served in numerous capacities in the Rolling Hills and Caldwell School Districts. Wells, who was hired in early 2010, has been somewhat of a lightning rod for controversy over the years. At least for the last two years when his contract was up for a vote, a number of district residents, parents and alumni voiced their opinions, for and against his contract renewal. The board vote Monday night was unanimous in favor of Wells.
In other matters, the board approved a resolution allowing the district to once again this year take part in the Blizzard Bags program, if needed.
The board also accepted a donation of $2,000 for the purchase of iPads for homeless students at Byesville Elementary. The funds are provided by a Federal Homeless Grant by way of the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center.
The next meeting of the Rolling Hills School Board is slated for 6:30 pm on July 24.