OHIO — The Ohio High School Board met in regular season on Monday, Jan. 27 and took action or discussed the following items:
• Approved the agenda as presented, the minutes of Dec. 16 regular board meeting as presented, the December treasurer’s report and the bills and payroll.
• Approved the purchase of a used 2012 GMC gas engine bus from Midwest Bus. The school’s 2001 Chevrolet/Blue Bird mini bus has a head gasket leak. Superintendent Sharon Sweger presented several options to the board.
• The board did not go into closed session.
• Approved to retain the following closed session minutes: Feb. 21, 2000, March 20, 2000, July 15, 2002, Oct. 19, 2004, Dec. 21, 2004, May 17, 2005, Oct. 18, 2005, Sept. 19, 2006, March 20, 2007, May 20,2008, June 24, 2008, Dec. 16, 2008, Jan. 20, 2009, Feb. 17, 2009, March 17, 2009, Dec. 15, 2009, Jan. 19, 2010 (1), Jan. 19, 2010 (2), Feb. 16, 2010, March 16, 2010, Aug. 17, 2010, April 20, 2011, May 17, 2011, Aug. 16, 2011, May 15, 2012, June 19, 2012, Nov. 20, 2012, Dec. 17, 2012, Jan. 18, 2013, Feb. 25, 2013, March 18, 2013, April 22, 2013, May 20, 2013, Sept. 30, 2013 and Dec. 16, 2013.
• Contacted Renee Kozeal as a library consultant.
• Reported the school currently has 33 students.
• Discussed the superintendent performance evaluation. This is the second year of Sweger’s four-year contract.
• All board members have completed the Open Meetings Act training. The state is requiring all newly-elected board members to take a mandatory Professional Development Leadership Training and a Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) Training for school board members by April. Sweger wants a final count and a sure date. If a board member was elected or appointed this year, they must have the training. The other board members can choose to do it this year or wait until they are re-elected.
• The state board recently audited the schools’ breakfast and lunch program. They checked records, such as applications for free lunch, the system of accounting, meal nutrition and serving sizes. They also observed breakfast and lunch time periods. The district had a very good report. Princeton has to make a correction on one serving size. The district also had two students in grade school who did not take their milk, which is counted as an incomplete meal. At the high school level, one student did not take enough items. For these small issues, the districts both had to pay a fine of $4, which was waived. If the fine is less than $600, the district does not have to pay it. The auditor did give a few small suggestions for improvement, but overall it was a good visit.
• Kunos have been delivered and Sweger brought one to show the board. The company came and conducted an in-service with the staff last Monday. The school is in the process of charging and registering the students’ Kunos. The intent is to roll out the Kunos to the students after the teachers have had a little time to get used to the Kuno and put lessons on the devices.
• The brick panel that Sweger won at the state board conference last year has been delivered. Now the school must determine where to put it. It is one-square yard in dimension. The instructions say not to put it on a load bearing wall. Sweger is going to talk to the tuck pointers when they come back this summer and see if they have any suggestions.
• In the past, the school has had the Great America trip as an action item to approve. The board has already approved the policy for drug testing and the reward incentive in it. Therefore, there is no reason to approve the Great America rewards trip every year.
• There has also been discussion about replacing the current padlocks for security reasons prior to rolling out the Kunos. The students pull down on the lock several times and the lock will pop open. Sweger contacted Master Locks concerning what she felt was a defective product. According to Master Lock’s representative, the school has purchased a medium security lock and needed to upgrade to higher security locks, which would cost $22.50 each. Sweger was able to talk the representative down to $13 each, plus 10 percent off, making the final cost $11.70 each.
• The state called Sweger on Friday concerning the maintenance grant. Sweger is hopeful the school will have an approval soon. This is the $50,000 matching grant.
• Many of the girls’ and boys’ basketball games have been cancelled due to weather.
• Honor roll breakfast, sponsored by the PTO, was held Jan. 17. Awards for attendance and academics were given out during this event. The school had 11 students on honor roll, six students on high honor roll and eight students with perfect attendance.
• Principal Jason Wilt announced the homecoming game was rescheduled for Jan. 29. At the game they rededicated six jerseys that were retired and have now been put in shadow boxes and will be mounted in the hallway.