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New hires ready to go at PES

Board recalls Early Childhood staff

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:17 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 2:19 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — The Princeton Elementary School Board has made several hires for the new school year, including naming Lynette Bima as assistant principal for Logan Junior High School.

Bima has been with the PES District for 17 years, originally teaching for a couple years in the lower elementary grades but most recently in the language arts department at Logan. Bima joins new Logan Principal Amanda Carr, who was hired last month in that position after working for the district for the past six years as a special education teacher at Reagan Middle School. Carr replaces former Logan Principal J.D. Orwig, who has become principal at Jefferson Elementary School and also takes on some district-wide responsibilities.

In other personnel action at Monday’s meeting, the board hired Kevin Scruggs as a fifth-grade teacher and Olivia Johnston as a special education teacher, both at Logan Junior High School; Emilee Wilde as the Logan poms sponsor and Kevin Bauer as the Logan softball coach.

The board also unanimously recalled the Early Childhood staff which had been let go this spring as part of the annual Reduction in Force action.

Those recalls included Janet Becker, as Bright Beginnings parent facilitator; Mary D’Ambrosio, Bright Beginnings secretary; Marcia Caldwell and Lynn Ferrell as Early Beginnings parent educators; Stacey Cherry as Bright Beginnings teacher; and Shelley Colton, Tracey Newberry and Holly Wright as Bright Beginnings aides.

The board also recalled Jodi Hartman as a third-grade teacher and Ryan Crawley as a fourth-grade teacher.

In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of Michael Robinson as Jefferson School custodian and Kristin Valle, special education aide.

In his financial report, Superintendent Tim Smith presented an executive summary of the unaudited 2014 fiscal year budget, which concluded June 30. After reviewing the June 30, 2013, starting balance in each fund, Smith looked at revenue and expenses in each fund and the resulting fund balances.

In the final summary column, Smith showed the PES District started the 2014 fiscal year with a total of $3,500,044 in all funds from the prior fiscal year. Total revenue for the 2014 fiscal year for all funds was $12,525,728 with total expenses in all funds at $13,394,275, resulting in a total deficit spending in all funds of $868,547. Taking into account the starting balance from the 2013 year, the district ended the 2014 fiscal year with an unaudited balance in all funds of $2,631,497.

The auditor will be in the district during the second week of August to conduct the 2014 audit, Smith said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Smith reported the district has received the first month’s rent from Crossroads High School and the Bureau/Marshall/Putnam Tri-County Special Education Cooperative, the new renters of Reagan Middle School in Tiskilwa.

The district will receive a total of $12,000 in annual rent from Crossroads and a total of $44,025 annual rent from the special education cooperative, based on the amount of space used by each group. The Reagan building will also house one pre-kindergarten class for Tiskilwa residents.

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