School board approves Costello salary, calendar

Lori Costello

The Waterloo Board of Education on Monday night approved next year’s official school calendar and a two-year contract for future Waterloo High School Principal Lori Costello.

The 2014-15 school year will begin Aug. 18, 2014 and end May 28, 2015, with six included emergency days.

Costello’s contract will include an annual base salary at $102,000 with benefits for the 2014-15 fiscal year, effective July 1.

She is replacing current high school principal Brian Charron as he takes over for retiring superintendent Jim Helton at the end of June.

The board also discussed how the district’s use of snow days, and salt, had affected the budget.

Jack Latchem, building-grounds director, said the district is a little over budget because of the snow removal work they’ve had to perform this winter.

“We’re out of snow money, and we’ve been out of snow money for a long time,” he said. “The bills aren’t in yet, but we might be $4,000 to $5,000 over. It’s not as bad as we thought it would be.”

Helton brought up the capital development board reimbursement, and board members Dwight Schaefer and John Caupert brought up the idea of having a public forum to explain this reimbursement to the district’s taxpayers.

The three will meet to plan out this forum in the next few weeks and hope to be able to have a meeting by the end of April.

Under new business, the board approved the dismissal of three certified district employees at the end of the 2013-14 school year as part of its budget process: Jamie Smallwood, special education teacher; Heidi Clark, agriculture teacher; and Morgan Stayton, part-time reading teacher.

In other school district news, a Waterloo Police Department call to the high school in November to look into a possible previous incident involving a female student and former district employee appears to be unfounded.   The allegation was that this employee, who is no longer with the district, kissed the student years ago when she was in the fifth grade.

A school official assured there is “nothing to” the allegation and that there is no current threat to student safety in regard to this matter.

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