LAKEVILLE — The Union-North School Board voted to establish a new position of Director of Operations over custodial staffs, transportation, grounds and maintenance for the 2012-2013 school year. During a meeting on April 26, the vote on the matter was 3-2 with members Dave Grenert, Dennis Graf, and Mike Berger voting in favor and Rob Swathwood and Mark Dickson voting in opposition. The newly created position will consolidate the Director of Maintenance and Director of Transportation duties into one. No current staff will be laid off under the plan for implementation of the newly created position.
Former Maintenance Director Todd Gardner resigned in March to pursue other employment and the position has not been filled. Currently, Lylah Swathwood is in charge of transportation. The Transportation Director’s job was created early in 2009 when bus routes were being redefined to accommodate construction of the new U.S. 31. During the Thursday night board meeting, Swathwood was approved to transfer to a custodial position. However, it is unclear as to whether she will continue to drive buses for the corporation.
Grenert said, “The newly created position will not require any extra expense.” Superintendent Mitch Mawhorter explained that there could be a savings of $7,000-$10,000 annually by consolidating. Grenert credited Mawhorter with the idea to consolidate the positions. Grenert explained that those working in maintenance or transportation will only have one person to report to on a daily basis.
Both Grenert and board President Mike Berger indicated that they felt the current system is no longer working to the best advantage of the corporation.