Dublin City Schools will use a new service to hire substitutes with the aim of saving money.

Dublin City Schools will use a new service to hire substitutes with the aim of saving money.

The Dublin Board of Education last week approved a contract with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio that will allow the group to administer its substitute teacher responsibilities.

Brian Kern, assistant treasurer, said other area school districts including Olentangy, Worthington and Upper Arlington already use the service. Hilliard will begin utilizing it next year.

The service takes over the hiring of substitute teachers for the district, according to Kern, as well as paperwork, fingerprinting and payroll for all substitute teachers used in the district. Kern said the switch would provide efficiency.

"It will create savings for the district," said Kern, who added the district will continue paying substitute teachers $90 per day.

The board also awarded a contract for the purchase of three 72-passenger buses and one 48-passenger bus equipped with a wheelchair lift from Center City for $309,823.

The buses will be paid for from 2008 bond funds, Superintendent David Axner said.

Twenty teachers who reached master teacher status were honored at the April 10 meeting.

To reach the designation, teachers had to put in about 30 hours of professional development work, Axner said.

New master teachers are: Bailey Elementary teacher Hilary McKee; Coffman High School teachers Christina Hutchinson, Lori Marple, Donna O'Connor, Beth Willer and Cynthia Young; Grizzell Middle School teachers Molly Bailey, Monica Campana, Sally Harmon, Joe Huber, Rita Shaffer and Kevin Simmons; Glacier Ridge and Pinney Elementary teacher Melissa Eddington; Jerome High School teacher Sondra Snodgrass; Power Plus teacher Kathryn Sochor; Sells Middle School teacher Sue Parnell; Scioto High School teacher Jacqueline Sprunger; Scottish Corners Elementary teacher Amy Simmons; and Wright Elementary teachers Patty Nyquist and Kelli Traber.

Axner said the new submissions means 73 master teachers in Dublin City Schools.

The board also recognized two teachers with Golden Shamrock Awards last week.

Chapmen Elementary paraprofessional Jane Albert was recognized for her work as a "top-notch coach" who often acts as "a mom for the kids," principal Scott Zeoli said.

Karrer Middle School science teacher Hilarie Magistrale was nominated for the award by the parents of a student she got involved with cheerleading.

Todd Manifold said the confidence of his daughter Kristen has gone up since getting involved with cheerleading, despite her cerebral palsy. After performing at the Arnold Fitness Classic, Manifold said his daughter felt "inspired to try new things and never give up."

Retiring teachers also received recognition. Indian Run Elementary teachers Lynne Messner and Ann Myers and Wright Elementary teacher Mary Hill and media specialist Dorinda Breakwell were all recognized for their years of service in education and at Dublin City Schools.

The board also recognized Dublin Jerome High School senior Jacob Moore for winning a state swimming title in the 100-yard butterfly.