In preparing for the 2019-20 school year, the Bexley City Schools Board of Education on July 15 approved the hiring of several new teachers and a supplemental stipend for an existing staff member to provide special-education support throughout the district.

The board approved a $6,000 supplemental stipend for Bexley High School assistant principal Andrea Brown to assist with special-education efforts.

"As a result of greater demands and expectations in special education, both from a state level and also from our community, we need some more support," Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller said.

Brown's expanded role will include overseeing Individualized Education Programs for students who attend career centers throughout Franklin County, Miller said.

"We have more students going to the career center this year than we did last year, so there will be some additional needs there," she said.

Brown also will work on plans to help students with special-education needs transition into kindergarten and assist high school students who have IEPs with their transition plans to college and other postsecondary options, Miller said.

"This is not a full-time position," Miller said. "She's going to take this on as extra work so that it can be done outside the school day. In fact, she's willing to stay late -- she should be available until about 5 (p.m.) -- in order to provide additional supports."

The $6,000 stipend will supplement Brown's annual salary, which was $92,618 in 2018, according to Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague's website.

New hires, effective July 1, whom the board approved are:

* Colleen Homoelle as a part-time intervention specialist at Montrose Elementary School at an annual salary of $23,768.55.

* Jennifer Cedeno as a Spanish teacher at Montrose and Cassingham elementary schools at an annual salary of $46,605.

* Erica Sollitto as a kindergarten teacher at Marlyand Elementary School at an annual salary of $50,642.