School corp.’s employee benefit trust ending year in good shape

The Huntington County Community School Corporation's Employee Benefit Trust, which provides health insurance to corporation employees, appears to be ending the year in good shape, trust President Doug McElhaney reported to the HCCSC Board of Trustees on Monday, Nov. 25.

So far, he added, claims have been lower than expected, return on investments is up and premiums will decrease by 7 percent in 2014, making for a healthy balance.

The plan is in compliance with all provisions of the Affordable Care Act, he said, but that could change if additional changes are made in the ACA.

The board approved several personnel changes during the short meeting.

Resignations were accepted from Ashley Kauffman, a recess assistant and special education paraprofessional at Northwest Elementary School; Jennifer Moyer, a recess assistant at Lancaster Elementary School; and Teresa Schultise, a member of the food service pool at Huntington North High School.

Anita Sharpe was hired to coach fifth grade girls' basketball a Salamonie Elementary School, and Rod Sprinkle was hired to coach fifth grade boys' basketball at Salamonie.

Several long-term substitutes were hired for varying time periods. They include Diana Farthing, Title I tutor at Flint Springs Elementary School; Liesl Haupert, half-time physical education teacher at Huntington North; Megan McElhaney, Title I and later resource teacher at Flint Springs; and Bonita Price, Title I at Flint Springs.

Leaves of absence were approved for Jami Cale, physical education teacher at Salamonie and Lancaster, Jan. 16 to 31; Kathryn DeYoung, resource teacher at Flint Springs, approximately Feb. 24 through March 7; Rena Johnson, title I at Flint Springs, approximately March 4 to 7; and Stephanie Villanueva, language arts teacher at HNHS, beginning about Feb. 26 and continuing through the end of the school year.

The board accepted the retirement of Ron Nieman, custodian at Lancaster School. He plans to retire Jan. 1.
The board also approved several donations.

Lancaster School received two grants from CF Industries, Lincoln received donations from Target and Wells Fargo Bank, Crestview Middle School received donations from several individuals, HNHS received several classroom grants from the Huntington County Community Foundation and Huntington Special Services received a donation from Bippus State Bank.

The school corporation received a $3,611 grant from the Lime City Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited to purchase archery equipment.