RETIREES – During Monday’s meeting of the Hancock County School Board, retirees from the school system were recognized, with presentations of certificates and gifts. The school system will have 26 retirees this year, representing 325 years of experience. Those present at Monday’s board meeting were, left to right, Warner “Skip” Haught, Linda Heiserman, Mary Ann Taylor, Jeff Hardy and Steve Shannon. –Craig Howell

NEW CUMBERLAND — After a nearly hour-long executive session, the Hancock County School Board still hasn’t made a decision in the case of a grievance filed last year involving the school district’s personnel director .

The school board met in regular session Monday at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center, approving several year-end staffing items, including salary scale adjustments, before entering executive session on the Mick’s grievance case against Hancock County Board of Education.

Following the 45-minute executive session, council chairman Danny Kaser announced that no decision by the council had been made regarding the matter.

“No action was taken during the executive session and no action is required,” Kaser said.

The grievance was filed by current Oak Glen Middle manager, Alyssa Mick, regarding the selection of former Weir Middle manager, Sarah Parsons, as district personnel manager. Parsons was appointed to the position by the board at its June 28, 2021 meeting. Mick filed the grievance the following month.

According to reports, an administrative law judge handling the case had ruled that the council should reapply. However, the school board, by a vote of 4 to 1 in March, chose to appeal the judge’s decision.

Shortly after, the Hancock County Education Association announced a vote of no confidence against Superintendent Dawn Petrovich, Kaser, and board members Chris Gillette, Larry Shaw, and Toni Hinerman. Board member Michelle Chappell, who voted alone against the appeal, was not included in the vote of no confidence.

No further comment was offered on the matter on Monday.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the school board paid tribute to its retiring staff.

Petrovich noted that there are 26 people retiring from the school system this year, which is a combined 325 years of experience.

“Each of them will be missed” Petrovich said.

Of the 26 retirees, five attended Monday, receiving a certificate of appreciation and a gift presented by Petrovich on behalf of the school system.

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