The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education recently approved the hiring of three new staff members.
One-year contracts were approved June 9 for: Kristi Chumney, dean of students and athletics director, at an annual salary of $65,000; Joshua Bergstrom, art teacher, at a salary of $41,381; and Catherine Todd, intervention specialist, at a salary of $33,470.
Treasurer Tammy Woods said most new employees haven't completed paperwork regarding health and dental benefits. In addition to the employees' annual salary, the cost to the board for single heath-care coverage would be an additional $8,397.48 per year, with family coverage an additional $20,220.
"We are very pleased with the high qualifications of professionals seeking employment in our district," said Dale Dickson, the district's new superintendent. "These individuals will indeed provide a high quality of service to our students in the Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools."
Chumney comes to Johnstown from the Delaware Area Career Center, where she has been a science instructor since 2006. She also has worked as an instructor at Columbus State Community College since 2003.
Chumney also has experience as a head volleyball coach, assistant volleyball coach and assistant track coach.
She received her administrator's license in 2009 from the University of Dayton. She also has a master's degree in secondary education from Marietta College.
Dickson said the board decided to combine the position of dean of students/athletics director at the high school level.
Former dean of students Jeff Rings has accepted the newly created position of coordinator of virtual services.
Bergstrom has worked has an elementary, middle and high school art educator and intervention specialist for Summit Academy of Columbus since 2007.
He previously worked as a preschool lead teacher for Enchanted Care Learning Center in Westerville from 2006 to 2007 and as a middle school/high school art educator at Highland Local Schools in Sparta in 2005-06.
Bergstrom graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in art education. He also has completed 42 semester hours at Ashland University toward a master's degree in education as an intervention specialist.
Todd has worked as an eighth-grade intervention specialist at New Albany Middle School since February. She previously worked as a substitute teacher for K-12 at Worthington Christian Schools.
Todd earned a master's degree in education in May from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.