The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education this spring will adjust its meeting schedule to better manage district business following spring break, and to meet timelines related to several retire-rehire requests.
School Board President Cathy Olshefski last week said the schedule for the board's April and May meetings will depart slightly from the dates and times approved last January during an organizational meeting.
Generally, the board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in Heritage Elementary School and, when needed, a second meeting is held at 8:30 a.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Pickerington Local School District office.
In April, meeting times and locations will be reversed.
April 8, the board will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the district office. It also has scheduled an April 22 meeting to be held at 7 p.m. at Heritage.
"(April 8) is the first day back post spring break," Olshefski said. "Historically, this meeting has had low attendance and few agenda items.
"We expect the same in 2013," she said. "Therefore, we decided to move this meeting to 8:30 a.m."
Olshefski said the board anticipates a heavier workload for the April 22 meeting. So, it has been moved to a night meeting when more members of the general public can attend.
Additionally, the board has moved its scheduled May 6 meeting to May 13.
The May 13 meeting will begin with public hearings at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at Heritage, and its regularly-scheduled meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
Olshefski said the 6:30 p.m. public hearings were added to facilitate deadlines related to retire-rehire proposals for Pickerington Superintendent Rob Walker, Pickerington High School North business education teacher David Butcher and Renee Mortimer, a response-to-intervention specialist at North.
As part of state requirements for retire-rehire proposals, the board first must announce it has received such a request, which it did for all three district employees on March 11.
It also must hold a public hearing on each request prior to taking any formal action.
The board's second May meeting remains tentatively-scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 20 in the district office.
This meeting was scheduled at the outset of 2013 to avoid conflicts with the Memorial Day holiday, Olshefski said.
"Really, the only date that was changed with May 6 to May 13," she said. "For the April meetings, we just changed the times.
"(For the May 13 public hearings), we clarified with our legal counsel that we were doing things properly, and that we can combine them and do them all at the same time.
"I think that's efficient and convenient for the community."
In June, the board has scheduled meetings for 7 p.m. June 10 at Heritage and at 8:30 a.m. June 24 in the district office.
Additional information regarding the board's meeting schedule and upcoming agendas is available at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us.