After conducting a market rate study, the governing board of the Stark County Educational Service Center agreed to raise the monthly tuition rate for its early childhood program from $120 to $140.

Stark County Educational Service Center Governing Board

Wednesday meeting

KEY ACTION Raised the monthly tuition for some of the parents who send their children to the county’s preschool programs from $120 a month to $140 a month.

DISCUSSION  The service center conducted a market rate survey and found that its $120 tuition rate for its early childhood programs, which pairs children with special needs and children without special needs in two-and-a-half hour, five-day program, fell below the rates of seven other area preschools whose rates for a similar time period range from roughly $140 a month to $300 a month. Parents whose children have special needs will not be charged tuition.  

OTHER ACTION

– Heard from Rick Crislip, a former teacher and coach at Louisville City Schools, who once again asked the board for its help to take whatever actions necessary to bring the district together after the divisive and lengthy teachers strike and contract dispute between the Louisville Education Association and the school board. The ESC’s attorney has served as Louisville school board’s chief contract negotiator and legal consultant.

– Hired Carmelita Smith as a family engagement coordinator, effective July 1, 2016. Her salary of $15,434 will be reimbursed by a grant through the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery board.

– Accepted the resignations of two employees who worked for Canton City Schools’ television station. The resignations of production assistant Trent Comer and broadcast specialist Scott Davis were effective Feb. 3.

UP NEXT  Meets at 6 p.m. March 16 at the Stark County Educational Service Center at 2100 38th St. NW in Plain Township.

KELLI WEIR