Ohio Grade School
OHIO — The Ohio Grade School Board met in regular session on Oct. 15 and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as presented, minutes of the Sept. 25 regular meeting and budget hearing as presented, treasurer’s report and bills and payroll.
• After discussion with board members, it was decided to wait until January to do board training.
• Approved the submission of the 2014 school library per capita grant application.
• Reviewed and accepted the fiscal year 2013 audit.
• Superintendent Sharon Sweger felt the committee for one-on-one computing needed to meet again before any action can be taken. Someone did ask about insurance for the computers and Sweger explained parents will have different options of insurance to purchase.
• In Sweger’s report, she said current enrollment is 84 students. In the last month, the school picked up two new kindergartners. Sweger is getting a price for replacing the caps on top of the building. The roofer recently visited the school and said water could be penetrating the building through the deteriorated caps. Sweger is pursuing two state grants. Sweger has contacted the schools’ architect to see about including the remaining windows on life safety to assist with this grant. The energy grant is up to $250,000. Also, scoreboards should be arriving soon. Sweger ordered new mats, which go below the baskets on each end of the gym. The schools’ current mats are in bad shape. Sweger was able to get the scoreboard cost down enough to pay for the mats.
• Principal Jason Wilt reported boys basketball begins this week with the annual Malden tournament. Coach Albrecht has 15 boys and coach Ryan has seven girls. The school did bring up some fifth graders for cheerleading due to low numbers. Also, the girls volleyball team ended up tying for first in the conference with Bureau Valley South and second at the conference tournament. Coach Patrick Anderson and all the girls had a great season. Wilt also went through information concerning AYP scores. The information will not be released by the state until Oct. 30, but he explained the new scoring system and what it did to the schools’ scores and scores throughout the state. Jordan Olson and Barbara Mead have been working with Wilt on Response to Intervention. These teachers pull students out of a study hall one at a time and work one-on-one with them. This seem to be very beneficial to the students.
• The school conducted an earthquake drill on Oct. 17.
The next regular school board meeting in scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school library.