ARCANUM – Most of the faces will be familiar ones as Arcanum students return to their classes this fall, but one addition will likely stand out. The school board approved an agreement with the Village of Arcanum during Thursday evening’s board meeting which will bring in a full-time school resource officer (SRO) to the school.
The village approved the terms during its earlier council meeting, and the school board endorsed the plan as well. The village will hire a police officer to serve as a school resource officer in a full-time capacity.
Superintendent John Stephens explained that the village will cover the cost of police training, while the school will cover the cost of the SRO training. The uniform cost will be split. The school will pay the $30,080 salary.
The hiring process is set to begin soon.
The school board also approved a three-year contract extension for the superintendent, keeping him as district head through 2020. His current contract expires in 2017.
His salary is $110,000 with a $2,000 increase each year under the contract.
The district also hired a new high school language arts teacher, Christen Cyphers.
High School Principal Jason Stephan introduced Cyphers, who attended the meeting. He explained that in addition to her high school language arts classes, she will be taking the program at Wright State to certify her to teach College Credit Plus courses.
In other business, the board approved a three-year contract with Strategic Solutions for records and requisition management services in the amount of $4,995 for the first year and $5,995 annually for the remainder of the contract.
Treasurer Matt Huffman explained that the first-year discount was provided to Arcanum and Franklin-Monroe, since both will be taking on the new service. He added that the new system will significantly ease the requisition process, providing for a streamlined process without paper, full accountability through every step of the process, and better record keeping and organization for budget purposes. The service will also include digitizing school records and provide for record storage.
The board also approved:
-An agreement with Arcanum Youth Football for use of the stadium for contests during the 2016-17 school year;
-A security contract with the village for security personnel on an as-needed basis for the upcoming school year;
-The purchase of the following textbooks: “The Speaker’s Handbook,” “Chemistry – The Central Science,” “Principles of Food Science” and “The Culinary Professional”;
-And, payment of $3,100 to The Bus Shop for body work on a district bus.