Madison-Plains staffers step up to help with transportation

(Posted Feb. 17, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Thank-yous were issued to two Madison-Plains Local Schools employees who have leant a hand while the district searches for a new transportation supervisor. The position has been vacant since late December.

At the Feb. 15 school board meeting, district Superintendent Chad Eisler recognized bus driver Kendra Long and mechanic Jeff Tackett for helping with transportation tasks, including paperwork, calls, scheduling, route management, and road condition reports.

“It has been a struggle. We posted the position and, for a long time, had no applicants. That is beginning to change,” Eisler said. “Mr. Tackett and Mrs. Long have both stepped up in various ways to allow us to continue to maintain our services as a transportation department.”

To Tackett and Long, Eisler commented, “The ship would not be afloat without the two of you.”

The school board also recognized the seventh-grade girls’ basketball team for winning the South Division of the Ohio Heritage Conference championships. They applauded senior Rylee Davis for being named London Rotary Student of the Month for February.

Treasurer Todd Mustain reported that the district’s ending balance for January was $3,079,000, the best January the district has had since 2014. The projected ending balance for this fiscal year is $3,885,000.

Mustain also noted that the district’s quarterly income tax settlement came in nearly 10 percent above the estimated amount. The district collected $605,800; the estimate was $552,000.

“The income tax is definitely doing what it was designed to do and benefitting the district greatly. That’s why we are very appreciative that the voters passed the income tax as they did here recently,” he said.

Regarding COVID-19 statistics, Eisler said, “I’m pleased to let you know that our numbers are very, very good and very low.”

The district had two suspected cases and no confirmed cases as of Feb. 15. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the school year to-date is 110.
During the business portion of the meeting, the board:

• approved a contract with Mobiletek to provide technology supervision and technician services. The district had posted the supervisory position earlier in the school year but had no luck finding someone for the job, Eisler said. When Mobiletek called Mustain about the district’s wi-fi network, Mustain mentioned the vacancy. Through the contract, Mobiletek employee Eric Griffith, will serve as the district’s technology supervisor. He has worked with three other school districts.

• accepted the resignations of Janet Brown, a paraprofessional, and Victoria Opalla, Spanish/Latin culture teacher.

• approved supplemental contracts as follows–Morgan Duncan, grade 7 math bee advisor; Rebecca Holloway, grades 7-8 assistant softball coach; Randy Scott and Sean Pollock, varsity assistant baseball coaches; Serena Crawford, grades 7-8 head softball coach; Aaron Shull, grades 7-8 head baseball coach; Brack Byorth, grades 7-8 assistant baseball coach; Justin Whetzel, varsity assistant baseball coach; Ashley Meade, varsity assistant track coach; Jason Hunt, varsity track head coach; and Dillan Rice, grades 7-8 head track coach.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place at 7 p.m. March 15 in the district meeting room.

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