Warren approves 10 new teachers

VINCENT – Warren Local Schools will see quite a large number of new faces next school year after the Warren Local Board of Education approved 10 new teachers at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

In addition to the 10 teachers approved for hire, the board also approved the reduction of hours for several cafeteria cooks throughout the district.

On the hiring end, the administration cited an unusually high amount of retirements at the end of the school year, in addition to fewer students walking through the cafeteria lines to account for cook workforce reductions.

“We’ve lost students through the years,” said Superintendent Kyle Newton. “And we’re trying to make sure we’re staffed appropriately for that.”

Two cooks at each of the three elementary schools are being cut from three-and-a-half hour shifts to three hour shifts, which Treasurer Melcie Wells said should save the district about $15,000 in expenses.

Another cook at Barlow-Vincent is being eliminated, but the move comes from a retirement, Newton said.

“There’s no loss in benefits because these were non-benefit positions,” he said. “We have a health cafeteria fund, but we want to be smart about how it’s being dealt with.”

For fiscal year 2015, the district reported that it hopes to take in $795,500 in revenue from food service.

In the meantime, new hires included three new teachers for Barlow-Vincent, one for Little Hocking, one for Warren, a speech pathologist and four intervention specialists.

Salaries for all new hires will be reported once each new faculty member’s experience and degree are verified and analyzed.

Each of the three elementary schools have two to four teachers per grade, from kindergarten to eighth grade.

Newton noted that this list was a working progress, as the district is still looking to make a few more hires at the high school and some at the elementary level.

“Our principals have put in a lot of time interviewing all of these people,” Newton said. “They are all very excited about having them aboard.”

In addition to personnel changes, the board also:

Transferred nine certified faculty members to different positions and three classified faculty members to different positions

Approved the retirements of Jan Tanner, a Warren Elementary kindergarten teacher, and Joan Pinkerton, the Barlow-Vincent Elementary head cook