On Sept. 17, the London City Schools Board of Education approved the retire/rehire of London Elementary Principal Carol Daniels and kindergarten teacher Leesa Hisem.
The move correlates with a state law that allows educators to collect retirement benefits while continuing to work. Daniels’ retirement will take effect Sept. 28; her rehire date is Oct. 2. She will retain her position as principal, and her salary will remain frozen at its current rate for the next five years. Hisem’s retire/rehire dates match Daniels’. Hisem’s rehire contract is for one year.
Prior to approving the contracts, the board held public hearings on each of the requests, during which no comments were made. They also passed a policy for handling the hiring of retired teachers.
In other policy matters, the board approved a revision of their public records policy. President Vici Geer said the school district will continue to fulfill requests for copies of public records "in a timely manner," but will not promise them in a specific amount of time. The policy also limits the number of records a single person can request to 10 per month if the records are to be used for commercial purposes.
Geer reported on the latest enrollment figures for the district. London Elementary’s student population is 1,037. London Middle School has 510 students. London High School has 559 students, plus 54 who attend Tolles Career and Technical Center. The total for the district is 2,160.
Additionally, London Academy has an enrollment of 246 students, over 70 of whom are from London; the remainder are from around Madison County or outside the county. School board member Eric Schooley predicts the Academy’s enrollment will hit 300 by the end of the school year. London Academy students complete the majority of their studies at home, rather than in the traditional school setting, through online and correspondence courses.
Personnel and Board Appointments
In addition to approval of several supplemental contracts for school monitors and substitute staffers, the board approved the employment of April Sheets as physical education teacher for grades six through eight. Susan D. Friend is a new paraprofessional, who will assist students with special needs at London Elementary and London Middle School.
Superintendent Steve Allen was hired for the additional duty of interim director of the London Academy at a salary of $700 per month.
Curtis Brooks volunteered to be the board’s delegate to the Ohio School Boards Association capital conference set for Nov. 11-13. Geer is the alternate. Other board members plan to attend, as well.
Geer expressed condolences to the family of Priscilla Bozeman, 61, a former London Elementary teacher who died on Sept. 16. Bozeman was a teacher for 30 years, the last 19 of which she spent at London City Schools. She retired in June.
Principal Carol Daniels said arrangements were made with substitute staff to allow Bozeman’s colleagues to leave school for the funeral, which took place on the afternoon of Sept. 19.