Contracts with about 80 Dublin City Schools employees were extended this week until 2014 with no increase to base salary.

Contracts with about 80 Dublin City Schools employees were extended this week until 2014 with no increase to base salary.

Dublin school board members Monday, Sept. 24, approved the extension of compensation and fringe benefits for administrative and technical staff from Aug. 1, 2013, to July 31, 2014, with no increase to the employees' base salary.

Superintendent David Axner said the administrative and technical staff decided to follow the example of the Dublin Education Association and forgo a raise next year.

"We all agreed it's best," he said. "The teachers stepped up."

The administrative staff accounts for about 65 positions, Axner said, including central office staff, secretaries and principals.

Treasurer Stephen Osborne said there are about 15 technical employees in the district, serving as administrative assistants and athletic trainers.

The move by the DEA and other staff follows similar action that took place last year before last fall's combined 7.2-mill operating levy and $25 million bond issue was rejected.

District administration decided not to take a 1.25 percent raise planned for the 2012-13 fiscal year and the DEA gave back 66 percent of all scheduled pay increases for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The Dublin Support Association last year also voted to forgo its 1.25-percent raise for two years.

"This time we're looking out one year and giving back (raises)," Axner said.

The district has a 6.4-mill operating levy and $15.87 million bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Board members this week also got an update on how Race to the Top funds are being used in the district.

Dublin was of more than 400 districts in the state that chose to participate in Ohio's application for the federal program two years ago.

Eydie Schilling, executive director of learning and teaching, said many of the things the district was required to do to get Race to the Top funds are now required by state law.

Over the past two years, the grant has required the district to look at its hiring system and how it distributes teacher and principals, to expand its college and career readiness program, to change teacher evaluations and expand programs in the Science Technology Engineering and Math, or STEM, field.

Under Race to the Top, the district also started a resident educator program similar to the four-year medical residency program, Schilling said.

Through the program, the district has received $572,000.

This year for Race to the Top, the district will work on analyzing student data and aligning professional development standards.

In other district news, the Sells Middle School FIRST Lego League Team, Moderately Confused, was honored for winning the Global Innovation Award over the summer that will give the students $250,000 in services to patent their invention, the erasable barcode.

The invention, meant to solve a problem in food safety, makes barcodes unreadable after meat has been at an unsafe temperature for two hours or more.

The team includes: David Feng, Edwin Glaubitz, Peter Glaubitz, Jacob Hoylman, Arjun Kumar, Rahul Mal, Lucy Paradis, Ananya Rajagopal, Nathan Sears and Abhimanyu Singhal.

"What a spotlight you've put on Dublin and Dublin City Schools," Axner told the team.

The district also honored retiring Scioto High School teacher Joan Chryst for her time in Dublin City Schools.