Board Nixes Outsourcing

ST. MARYS — After receiving the recommendation from a committee to reject the bids to outsource second and third-shift custodial and cleaning services, members of the St. Marys Board of Education approved the motion during their meeting Wednesday evening.

The St. Marys Buildings and Grounds Committee recommended the board reject the bids and direct Business Manager Kurt Kuffner and Maintenance Supervisor Greg Adams to realign and restructure the Buildings and Grounds Department for future cost-saving measures.

“We met yesterday (Tuesday),” Board Member Rees McKee said. “We felt that by Buildings and Grounds going through a realignment, there were economies to be realized. We felt this would be a good first step before we looked at outsourcing.”

Board Member Ralph Wiley noted the savings from outsourcing was half the cost that was initially presented to the board — it went from $145,000 to $75,000.

“We weren’t going to realize the potential we thought we could,” Wiley said. “This is a smaller step to look at what we can do.”

In other business, board members:

• Amended the administrative contract for Doretta Nale from 209 days to 215 days effective Aug. 1 through July 31, 2013.

• Approved the transfer of $2,606.17 from the General Fund to the GED Fund.

• At the request of the high school, approved the elimination of the $100 petty cash fund and increasing the current $50 change fund to $100.

• Approved a contract for computer services with Northwest Ohio Computer Services Cooperative for the fiscal year 2012.

• Approved an agreement with SchoolMessenger for the online communication application SchoolMessenger CommSuite.

Board President Craig Gottschalk noted the SchoolMessenger system would eliminate the district’s current AlertNow system at a lower rate per student with more options.

“It’ll be more user friendly,” Superintendent Mary Riepenhoff said. “Parents will be able to put more numbers in.”

• Approved an amendment to the district’s Code Section 125 plan to be in compliance with an IRS notice.

• Approved Lindsay Bond for graduation.

• Approved the 2010-11 Cafeteria Profit/Loss Statement.

Board members then went into executive session to consider the employment of a public employee.

When board members reconvened, they directed Treasurer Tom Sommer to post a position for an interim superintendent.

The next meeting of the St. Marys Board of Education will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the high school-middle school.