MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Educational Service Center has received a number of donations in memory of educational aide Rita Norris. The donations, total amount undetermined at this time, are earmarked for use in Candy Crawford’s multi-handicapped classroom. At its meeting Wednesday, the ESC board learned that donors to date include: Brian and Jenny Breece, John and Cathy Goeppinger, Knox County Fair Board, Carla Douglas, Lou and Beverly Amadio, Mohican Saddle Club, Jessica Evans, Tim and Vicki Stallard, Nancy Strider, and Patricia and Norman White.
The board also accepted the donation of seven tons of gravel from Jeff Wintermute of United Aggregate for the Knox Learning Center parking lot, and two filing cabinets from Greg and Barbara Waite. Besides approving routine fiscal actions, the board approved a contract with TRECA for fiber connection for the Knox Learning Center at a cost of $713 per month, contracted with RC Therapy for occupational therapy services for the 2013-14 school year, entered into a contract with Info-Link Technologies for computer network support (to be shared with Centerburg Local Schools), and approved a license agreement with Aventa Enterprises for K-12 virtual school training. The board also approved the disposal of several computer-related items that are no longer useable and contracted with Jan Taylor for Para Pro and crisis intervention training services.
Regarding personnel, the board accepted letters of resignation from speech pathologist Karrie Garman, technology coordinator Derek Roth, preschool teacher Elizabeth Springer, Learning Center aide Renee Kaylor, aide Regina McQuigg and preschool aides Jennifer Roberts and Tracey Kohler. The board granted a medical leave of absence to occupational therapy assistant Trudy Mercer through Oct. 14, Kathy Lumpkins was promoted to preschool director and Amanda Wilson was approved as a preschool teacher. The board gave its approval for Kathy Sutherland to change from full-time to part-time preschool teacher at Danville and approved Joan Holsinger as a part-time (120 days) preschool psychologist. Margy Lea was hired as part-time itinerant preschool teacher, Noelle Devlin was employed as a full-time preschool teacher and Christine Grogg was confirmed as preschool secretary. Nancy Gregg and Mary Hughes were appointed to the Local Professional Development Committee with a stipend of $50 per hour.
The board approved Cheryl Tokasz and Chelsee Wood as preschool aides, Karen Kreps as a classroom aide and Lisa Johnson and Ashley Bartok as one-on-one aides. It also approved the substitute teacher and teacher aide lists and approved school bus driver candidates for Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, Clear Fork and Fredericktown.
No further action was taken.
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