PSBOE accepts superintendent’s resignation

By Jeremy Erskine - [email protected]

CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee’s Board of Education held its board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, and accepted the resignation of current Superintendent David Ulrich.

After 40 years in the education business, Ulrich is retiring at the end of this school term. The board accepted his resignation, which will take effect on June 30.

In other business, the board also approved the resolution to settle a claim with Reiter Dairy, LLC and authorized a board representative to execute the agreement.

The claim stems from the Southwestern Ohio Purchasing Council, for which Reiter Dairy wasn’t compounding the price correctly on half-pints of milk. The school will receive a $6,000 rebate in the settlement.

The board also approved a contract with Butler County ESC for the superintendent search. The cost is not the exceed $2,000.

In his superintendent’s report, Ulrich recommended the three-year contract renewal of the high school principal and assistant principal and also the current curriculum specialist resident educator.

Ulrich also recommended amending the contract of Belinda Newberry as a student aide, allowing her to work 6.5 hours on Monday through Thursday instead of 6 hours, which is what she was currently working. That change retroactively took effect on Jan. 19. They also accepted the resignation of Kari Sorrell as the fifth grade department chair effect Dec. 30.

Board members also passed one year supplemental contracts for 12 coaches and two home instruction tutors, three student overnight trips, the use of SHP Leading Design for pre-election issue services, and the College Credit Plus program with Sinclair Community College,

The board passed these recommendations, along with Ulrich’s retirement, in one motion. It passed 4-1 with Charlie Biggs being the dissenting vote.

In new business, Board President Candi Turpin made a motion to enter a maintenance contract with Winelco for the wastewater treatment plant at the high school facility. The motion passed 5-0.

Carmen Kennel, the FFA Advisor for Shawnee, also recognized her four students – Wyatt Downard, Johnny Cottingim, Carley Asher, Dakota Nichols – on the ad sales team. They qualified for the state contest.

“It’s the first time in a really long time we’ve qualified for state,” said Kennel.

The board will hold a special meeting on March 7, at 5 p.m., but the meeting will all be in executive session. They will also hold their regularly scheduled meeting on March 17, at 6 p.m. at the board of education office located at 124 Bloomfield St. in Camden.

By Jeremy Erskine

[email protected]