School board makes number of staff changes in Greencastle-Antrim

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim School Board approved a number of staffing changes last week.

Elizabeth Suwala resigned as high school learning support teacher. New additions to the faculty were Michael Conner and Jule Ianno, high school math; Ashley Martin, middle school science; Matthew Blakeslee, sixth-grade long term substitute; Katie Miller and Megan Shehan, elementary long term substitutes; Tara Tracey, primary long term substitute; and Stacie Shaner, middle school math and applications teacher. Business manager Jolinda Wilson was appointed to the Act 32 Tax Collection Committee, Franklin County Tax Board and Lincoln Benefit Insurance Trust.

In other business, the board downed a motion to name the Franklin County Area Tax Bureau as the county Tax Officer through 2016 because of its suggested cost of collection. The current agreement kept the cost at two percent in 2012 and 1.89 percent in 2013. The new agreement allowed the rate to go up to 2.2 percent next year.

William Thorne supported approving the services of FCATB, but Melinda Cordell, Eric Holtzman, Ken Haines, Mike Still, Joel Fridgen, Brian Hissong and Tracy Baer said no. Mike Shindle was not in the room.

Holtzman rued that the action wouldn't matter.

"Even if we vote against this, it will go forward because there's enough support in the northern part of the county."

The board also took a first look at a policy on members attending meetings via an electronic device. A few times over the past couple years, board members have participated in discussions over speaker phone and voted on motions. Baer did not want that to be allowed any more.

"When I'm on vacation, I'm not committed to board business and paying attention."

Hissong felt people had extremely busy schedules and sometimes it was necessary. Holtzman said because the board tended to split on issues, he wanted both sides to have the chance to contribute.

Crider encouraged everyone to read the entire policy for the  context in which a call-in would be appropriate. The board will act on it at a later meeting.