Ohio Grade School
OHIO – The Ohio Grade School Board took action on the following items at its meeting Feb. 18:
• Heard from Superintendent Sharon Sweger the bankruptcy filling of the Edison Mission Energy company, the parent company for the Big Sky Wind Farm, does not include Big Sky. Sweger commented on the issue in response to a question from audience member Linda Beattie.
• Approved fees, substitute teacher pay and officials pay for the Fiscal Year 2014 school year as presented.
• Heard enrollment is 81 students.
• Reviewed the FY ‘14 proposed school calendar. School will start Aug. 14 with a teachers’ institute. There will be two full weeks off at Christmas, and spring break will be the week of March 31. The last day of school will be May 23 pending no snow days. The calendar will be approved at next month’s meeting.
• Heard board members need to complete economic interest forms.
• Heard Sweger thank the Class of 2012 for donating a new composite frame for the lobby and Sam Forristall of Forristall Welding for donating two wall mounts for these frames; and Midland State Bank for the donation of money to put toward the purchase of new scoreboards.
• Heard Sweger had received the FY ‘14 general state aid projections. This year the district was to receive a little more than $187,000, but due to state funding cuts the district will only receive $167,000. Sweger said she was told the district will receive $100,858 next year.
• Heard the insurance company’s loss control manager Greg Manuel conducted an annual inspection of the building. He said there were no items that were identified as potential hazards, and he was “impressed with the overall care this facility shows.”
• Heard the eighth-grade girls basketball team finished their season placing second in the conference and first in the BVEC tournament, beating out the previously undefeated Bradford girls.
• Heard Scholastic Bowl was cancelled this year due to lack of student interest.
• Approved hiring a track coach.
• Authorized the administration to negotiate with the union representative for stipends for assistant coaches for boys and girls basketball, volleyball, cheerleading and track if needed.