The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education approved the recall of two elementary teachers, a high school foreign language position and an agricultural education position during a special meeting on Tuesday.

The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education approved the recall of two elementary teachers, a high school foreign language position and an agricultural education position during a special meeting on Tuesday.

The recalls from the March reduction plan were made possible by the passage of the May 5 emergency operating levy.

Superintendent Damien Bawn said the community has requested three things from the schools over the last couple years and levy cycles: fiscal responsibility, quality academic programs and variety in co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

"In order to thrive, these all interlock to have a program of what I think the community wants," Bawn added.

The newly redesigned agricultural program includes four sections to be offered during the 2009-2010 academic year. The ag ed teacher and high school principal will visit thriving programs to develop new directions and expectations for growth over the coming years, Bawn said.

The agricultural education instructor will teach the ag classes, a required high school science class and possibly other duties, such as overseeing an academic assist period, study hall or lunch period.

"This provides flexibility for the ag ed program and helps prepare the high school program for meeting Ohio CORE, a state requirement passed three years ago," Bawn said. "This won't happen all at once."

A group of agricultural education students and supporters attended Tuesday's meeting because the instructor isn't initially being recalled on a full-time basis.

Board member Jay Young questioned the reinstatement of Debra Dugan-Burden on a part-time basis with the intention of recalling her full-time, contingent upon whether she can provide proof of eligibility for science licensure by the Ohio Department of Education no later than July 1.

"If everything falls back in line, it will come back 100 percent?" Young asked.

Bawn concurred, noting the contingency in the recall.

Dugan-Burden said she doesn't finish her last class until July 24. Bawn pointed out the wording of the recall that states, "proof of eligibility."

"This protects her job by voting tonight," added school board President John Davis.

Board member Terry Holter said laws are set on reduction in force and bringing people back.

"This opens the door to bring it back," he added. "The door is open. We have to do this by law."

The board approved the retirement of Spanish teacher Diane Snell, effective Aug. 1, and elementary teacher Sharon Irwin, effective at the end of the 2008-09 school year.

As a result of Irwin's retirement and a job share approved earlier this month, the district is able to bring back two elementary teaching positions as well as a special education teacher at Searfoss Elementary.

A foreign language position is also back in its entirety with four sections at the high school and two sections at the middle school.

The district isn't bringing back one eliminated clerical position. A building maintenance custodial position will be re-evaluated over the summer.

In other discussion, Bawn said co-curricular and extracurricular activities will be back at the same level as this year. Advisers for extracurricular activities and coaches for athletics will be maintained the same as 2008-09.

"Supplemental and pupil activity programs have been reduced by over 30 percent in recent years," Bawn said.

Under current conditions, he added that the recall plan will cost the district about $350,000 which is nearly $50,000 less than projected earlier, due to retirements.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8, in the high school library.