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Ohio High School Board 2-27

Published: Monday, March 12, 2012 4:42 p.m. CDT

OHIO — The Ohio High School Board took action on the following items at its meeting Feb. 27:

• Heard the senior class trip, which will be taken during spring break, will include two days at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells and one day and night in Chicago. Superintendent Sharon Sweger said the students have done a great job fundraising and have enough money to pay for their trip in their activity account.

• Heard Sweger's recommendation to increase the instrument repair budget line next year by $400 per district. In addition, parents will be asked to sign a loaner agreement stating if there are excessive repairs to the loaner instrument due to abuse or neglect, the parents will be responsible. The reeds and oil may be purchased from the music teacher at cost.

• Heard Sweger has been working with several companies to get a drug screening program which would include the junior high, high school and the bus drivers. Sweger reviewed the different testing programs available that will come to the school for the testing. In March, Sweger will give an overview of extra-curricular and parent selected descriptions for a reward trip and have the first reading of the policy.

• Approved fees, substitute teacher pay and officials pay for the 2012-13 school year as presented.

• Approved changing the date of the June board meeting to June 21.

• Reviewed the Fiscal Year 2013 proposed school calendar. The board will vote on the calendar in March.

• Heard the amount owed to the district by the state is down from last month at $12,709.16.

• Heard Sweger has been meeting with Sauk Valley Community College to increase the district's dual and articulated credit offerings.

• Heard Sweger will apply for the state's $50,000 per district matching grant which will be available soon.

• Heard there is a House Bill 3094 which states the Prevailing Wage Act would not apply to projects with a total cost of $20,000 or less. Sweger said this would save the districts a lot of money.

• Heard Sweger is setting up an account for general school fundraising. This money would be used for special items needed throughout the building.

• Heard a letter from the LaMoille band director thanking the district for busing the LaMoille band students over to play for the Homecoming game.

• Heard parent-teacher conferences were held Feb. 16-17. Principal Mark Downey called the turn-out "fairly good."

• Heard the Booster Club had a fish fry on Feb. 24. In addition, there was a raffle and the sixth- and seventh-grade boys played the sixth- and seventh-grade girls in a basketball game. This event was to raise money for outdoor education which will be in May.

• Heard boys and girls basketball seasons are both finished. There were two girls and four boys who finished the season.

• Heard the district conducted an earthquake drill on Feb. 7.

• Heard Sweger recommended staffing for next year remain the same.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 26.

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