Fisk: Contract with Norwalk support staff is tentative

Cary Ashby • Updated Sep 11, 2018 at 8:55 PM

Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk informed school board members there is a tentative agreement on a contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE).

Fisk, also during Tuesday’s meeting, said the contract is expected to ratified Sept. 19. As a result, the board scheduled a tentative special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. OAPSE Local 269 represents the support staff members, such as bus drivers, aides, cafeteria workers and custodians.

Also, Fisk informed the board that Wayne Babcanec is the chairman of the levy campaign committee. Babcanec retired in 2009 as the district superintendent after five years on the job and was in the education since 1974, mostly in Norwalk.

Also, Norwalk High School art teacher Tracy Van Buskirk has created a campaign sign. Fisk also said there is a plan for the district to hold “civic meetings,” but no dates have been set.

In July, the board approved a 4.85-mill renewal levy that will generate about $1.54 million annually for the next 10 years. It isn’t a new tax and will be on the November ballot.

In other action Tuesday, board members:

• Approved the Oct. 1 retirement of maintenance worker Gene Cherry, who has worked for the district for 18 years in various buildings.

• Accepted two donations: $500 from Car Coddlers for Norwalk Middle School and $500 from Domino’s for unspecified student needs at League Elementary.

• Approved having the Ohio Schools Council put out the bid to purchase two school buses that hold 83 and 84 passengers.

• Gave permission for NHS science teacher Nate Whaley to take five students to Washington from Oct. 12 through 14 so they can assist with the veterans’ Huron County Honor Trip. About 45 veterans are on the trip each year.

• Approved an agreement with the Wood County Educational Service Center to educate adjudicated and delinquent students from the district who have been ordered by the court to be at the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio and the Wood County juvenile detention center and alternative school.

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