Middletown school’s pay more for BCESC services

The Middletown City School District’s Board of Education entered into a contract Monday night worth more than $1 million with the Butler County Educational Service Center.

The total contract is is approximately $140,000 higher than last year’s contract partly because it includes the salary of a new, shared business manager with Monroe. However, it will amount to a savings in the long run, according to Middletown superintendent Greg Rasmussen.

“Technically, we will save money because the business manager is taking the place of two district employees,” Rasmussen said.

The expected savings for Middletown is approximately $50,000.

Last week, the two school districts agreed to share the position, which will be hired by the BCESC and work 2.5 days in each district. George Long is expected to be approved for the position at today’s regular BCESC meeting.

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Middletown’s contract also includes specialized services it cannot provide such as student placement in the Union Day School which specializes in high needs students and occupational therapy and speech services for Early Childhood Special Education.

The school board also approved a contract for $178,591 with the Warren County Educational Service Center for similar specialized special education services. This contract dropped about $80,000, according to Rasmussen, because some of the services Middletown needs are part of the increased services through the BCECS.

“Each county has different classrooms, so it just depends on the disability of the child,” Rasmussen said.

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