District treasurer Becky Jenkins told the Olentangy school board on Feb. 23 that 500 letters were to be mailed out Feb. 26 to district personnel identified as eligible for a voluntary early retirement-severance package the district is offering.

District treasurer Becky Jenkins told the Olentangy school board on Feb. 23 that 500 letters were to be mailed out Feb. 26 to district personnel identified as eligible for a voluntary early retirement-severance package the district is offering.

Jenkins said the idea is to determine whether enough veteran employees are interested in the offer to result in a cost-savings to the district. If enough people accept the offer, those higher-paid staff members would be replaced by lower-paid workers.

"We are making a one-time offer to these higher-paid employees," Jenkins said.

Board members on Tuesday approved paying an initial $15,000 to Educators Preferred Corp., a Michigan company, to coordinate the plan.

Jenkins said after the meeting that eligible employees - teachers, classified workers and food-service employees - must have at least 10 years of employment in the district or be eligible for retirement. Those interested in the package must enroll between March 8 and April 23. They will be given a seven-day grace period, during which they can change their minds, Jenkins said.

Board members approved a new contract for Jenkins, effective Aug. 1 and running through July 31, 2014. Two board members, Scott Galloway and Jennifer Smith, missed Tuesday's meeting. Galloway was away on business and Smith was ill, board president Julie Wagner-Feasel said. Wagner-Feasel, Dave King and Dimon McFerson all voted in favor of the contract.

Jenkins' new contract does not include a raise but does move her $5,500 yearly education stipend from a benefit to part of her salary, which will be $116,787 a year beginning Aug. 1.

"We are holding true to what we said. That administrators are not taking any salary increase this year," Wagner-Feasel said. "We rolled the education stipend into the salary. She's not getting any increase."

School officials make all administrator education stipends part of the salaries.

Board members agreed to terminate employment of a classified worker arrested last spring on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in Delaware County. Kim A. Avesian of Powell pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Dec. 7, according to documents prepared by the school district. Officials said before Tuesday's meeting the theft case did not involve the school district.

"You failed to disclose your indictment, felony criminal offense and written plea of guilty and judgment entry . . . to district administrators for more than seven months during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years," the documents said.

Avesian was hired as a special needs teaching aide at Olentangy Liberty on Aug. 26, 2008, and became an administrative assistant in the district's facilities department on Nov. 28, 2009, officials said. She was placed on home leave several weeks ago pending the outcome of the district's investigation regarding her employment.

Board members also approved a $94,975 contract with Timeware Primetime to install a high-tech, time clock system in all district buildings. The system uses time clocks that can read fingerprint impressions to identify workers. Employee ID cards also can be swiped on the time clocks. The new system will provide a more accurate accounting of overtime and should reduce overtime costs, officials said.

Employees, such as custodians and food-service workers, currently fill out time cards.

Jeff Gordon, the district's business manager, said before Tuesday's meeting that installation of the system would begin in June.