At the most recent Dunkirk City Schools Board of Education meeting, it was revealed the cost of school meals is going up, primarily due to a lack of bids from food service providers.
Sodexho Management provided the sole bid after Personal Touch did not bid after requesting - and receiving - a considerable amount of information, according to Business Administrator William Thiel.
Breakfast will now cost the school $1.75, lunch around $2.38 and snacks about 77 cents. "This is a significant increase for us," according to Thiel.
Despite concerns, the board approved the bid from Sodexho as the provider because no other vendors were available.
During the meeting, two resignations were accepted. Mary Dobek resigned as teacher due to retirement, and Monolito Cruz resigned as maintenance worker.
Several appointments were made for the upcoming school year and beyond:
Corrine Rukavina was appointed as elementary academic intervention services teacher at School 3. The probationary appointment is effective Sept. 4 until Sept 3, 2014. Rukavina replaces Tina Curry, who transferred.
Nicholas Anson was appointed to the position of technology teacher in the academic tenure of technology education, effective Sept. 4 at Step 1, Column B+36M of payment guidelines, at $43,173 pro-rata. This appointment also expires Sept. 3, 2014. Anson's appointment is at the middle school, where he replaces Jackson Green, who retired.
Dana Bennett was appointed to the position of music teacher at the elementary level, districtwide. This appointment expires on Sept. 3, 2015 at the Step 1, Column B rate at $40,565 pro-rata. Bennett replaces Kin Levan, who transferred.
Kathryn Hujer was appointed to the position of art teacher at the districtwide elementary level, at the Step 1, Column B+30M level at $42,855 pro-rata. The appointment expires Sept. 3, 2014. Hujer replaces Dorothy Mielke, who retired.
Laura Berkeley was appointed to the position of .6 full-time art teacher, at Step 1, Column B at $24,339 pro-rata.
The following teachers were granted tenure effective Aug. 31: Brooke Ambrose, speech pathologist; Cady Nenno, elementary teacher; Amy Pencek, elementary teacher; and William Smock, technology teacher.
Three positions were created for the upcoming year. Elementary Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) position was created to be responsible for using data to improve instruction at the elementary, districtwide level.
Two positions were created for Community Education Fitness Room Supervisors under the guidelines of the district's Community Education Program. Each supervisor will be compensated at $15 per hour. Sessions of operation will be from 6 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be split between the two supervisors.
The next meeting of the board with be Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction Room in the High School Media Center. Enter through the Administration Wing located at 620 Marauder Drive, Dunkirk.
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