RACINE — The Southern Local Board of Education awarded five-year contracts to three administrators in the district during Monday’s meeting.
Superintendent Tony Deem, Treasurer Roy Johnson and High School Principal Daniel Otto each received contract extensions. Deem and Johnson’s new contracts run from Aug. 1, 2014, to July 31, 2019. Otto’s contract is a five-year contract, he had previously been under a three-year contract which runs through the current school year.
All three contracts were approved by a 5-0 vote.
Scott Wolfe was hired on a one-year limited contract for the 2013-14 school year at his currently reduced salary as Federal Programs Coordinator and CCIP Coordinator.
In other personnel matters, Brent Smith was hired as the varsity track coach, and Chad Dodson was hired as the quiz bowl coach.
The resignation of Carolyn Robinson from the after school program was approved.
Substitutes approved for the 2012-13 school year were Tonya Smith and Emil Tope.
A donation from Racine Home National Bank in the amount of $12,000 was accepted for the purchase of a new football scoreboard, play clocks and replacement controller for the baseball scoreboard. Home National Bank will have the exclusive advertising rates on the scoreboard.
The purchase of $9,750 in vocational agriculture equipment was approved as presented by teacher Jenna Gilliam and recommended by Deem.
The board approved creating a paid supplemental in the amount of $750 for the seventh and eighth grade golf club.
The board approved support for the Village of Racine’s Community Reinvestment Area application.
Revised permanent appropriations in the amount of $17,817,115 were approved.
The board accepted a scholarship in the amount of $350 from Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, Kyger Creek Station, to be awarded to the student with the highest ACT score in science.
A grant from the National FFA Organization in the amount of $2,500 was approved. A donation of $500 from Ohio Valley Electric Corporation was approved.
The transfer of $45 from the Class of 2014 to 2016 was approved.
A change order in the amount of $15,000 was approved for a settlement agreement for all outstanding change orders and incomplete work. The original contract was in the amount of $723,120.88. The previous change order was for the amount of $6,508.11. After both change orders the revised contract is in the amount of $744,628.99.
The board approved joining the OSBA Legal Assistance Fund in the amount of $250.
The board went into executive session to discuss employee evaluations.
During public participation, those in attendance were given the opportunity to speak with regard to the Southern Hall of Fame and the naming of the new gymnasium.
Deem stated that there was some public comment over naming the gym and gym floor, with some in favor of naming the structure and some against it.
“The board decided not to take any action until they could get more public comment,” said Deem. “Reasons for naming was to teach the youth the history and heritage behind the success of Southern Local, to honor people that have gone above and beyond for the youth of Southern Local. Opposition included it belonged to all the people, and to be certain we gave consideration to all the people.”
The Southern Hall of Fame will induct its first class on Feb. 15 between the varsity and reserve basketball game.
In the superintendent report, Deem stated that construction of the new building is on schedule and should open for the start of the 2013 school year.
Kindergarten registration will be held on April 11 and April 12. Preschool registration is scheduled for April 15 and 16.
As part of the school board recognition, board members were presented with plaques and a cake for all their work.
Present at the meeting were board members Dennie Hill, Denny Evans, Peggy Gibbs, Paul Harris and John Hoback.