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Meetings & Minutes

Bureau Valley School Board 11-15

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley School Board took action on the following items at its meeting Nov. 15:

• Discussed the transportation issues in Sheffield. Board member Myron Rumbold said the Transportation Committee has been meeting to review Sheffield town pick-up sites, upcoming winter weather options, and possible bus garage construction. Board member Rick Cernovich said the residents of Sheffield do not want a bus garage built on the former school site and said a “more palatable” solution would be to work out an arrangement with the Catholic church.

• Saw a presentation by BV-Wyanet special education teacher Erin Snyder and students Maria and Callie as they demonstrated a new classroom Smart Board and its use with math, reading and spelling. Snyder said the students enjoyed using the technology in the classroom.

• Acknowledged cross country coach Dale Donner, who introduced Kimi Sanden, who earned a 16th-place state medal, and Derrick Johnson, who earned a ninth-place state medal at Peoria.

• Heard a presentation from ag instructor Willard Mott and FFA members Brad Sanden, Cody Thomas, Sam Lowers, Jacob Perino and Josh Lewis. The team placed in the Top 12 nationwide FFA Tractor Restoration Contest and competed last month at the National Convention in Indianapolis.

• Heard high school Principal Mike Patterson and assistant high school Principal Eric Lawson thank the veterans and the communities for attending recent Veterans Day programs throughout the district. The men also reported a very successful fall sports banquet with more than 400 in attendance.

• Heard Superintendent John Bute met with Bradford, Stark County and Henry school administrators to discuss updates to the intergovernmental agreements for Bradford’s deactivation and tuitioning students. Currently 24 students from the Bradford district attend Bureau Valley High School.

• Heard a presentation from librarian Sharon Peterson about the district’s current participation in the Prairie Area Library System, which allows Bureau Valley to loan and receive library materials from other libraries in the system. Due to budget constraints, regional library systems are in the process of reorganizing and merging and she recommended the district participate in a newly forming entity called PrairieCat in order to continue a reciprocal arrangement. A formal adoption of resolution will be presented to the board in December.

• Heard Bute is meeting periodically with insurance representatives, ServiceMaster and CRE regarding the continuing fire cleanup efforts; discussion is continuing on renovation. In the meantime, the district office is utilizing a mobile office located behind the high school.

• Approved two overnight trips for FFA to attend the state FFA convention and a leadership conference.

• Employed Vicki Yearian and Mary Atwell, BV-North and South respectively, as Pre-K parent coordinators for the remainder of the school year, due to funding being restored for the program.

The next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Bureau Valley High School library in Manlius.

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