MARENGO — The board of education for Highland Local Schools approved various employee contracts at its Wednesday meeting, including one-year contracts for two new employees. Brianne Jaynes will assume the role of middle school guidance counselor for the 2019-2020 school year; Tyler Scott will serve as an elementary intervention specialist.

“We’re really pleased to get both these individuals,” said Superintendent Dan Freund. “Both bring a great academic background and some really fine experience to Highland.”

Four three-year contracts for administrators were approved: Matthew Bradley, middle school principal; Jessica Clark, EMIS/fiscal support coordinator; Vicky Nelson, transportation supervisor and Robert Terrill, testing coordinator.

The board formally accepted the resignations of four district employees, all of whom plan to retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year: Shawn Morgan, middle school guidance counselor; Melinda Henderson, middle school educational aide; Loretta Copeland, bus driver and Pamela Wilson, elementary custodian.

The board also approved a positive five-year financial forecast.

“The five year forecast shows a stable district for the foreseeable future. It shows there’s a real balance of really putting the needs of kids first and keeping close tabs on finances,” said Freund.

The board also re-approved its annual resolution requiring teachers to develop online lessons for students to complete in lieu of calamity make up days. State law allows for school districts to use take-home assignments to substitute up to three days of classroom learning. Teachers may also choose to provide paper copies, known as blizzard bags, rather than an online version.

Other action included approval of numerous policy revisions. These updates bring board policy into accordance with recent changes in state law.

The board went into executive session to discuss negotiations with teachers. No action was taken.


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