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Meetings & Minutes

Ohio Grade School 4-15

OHIO, Ill. — The Ohio Grade School Board met in regular session on April 15 and conducted the following business:

• Approved the agenda as presented, the minutes for the March 25 regular meeting, the March treasurer’s reports and the bills and payroll.

• Certified the Class of 2014 for graduation, pending completion of all requirements. Graduation will be at 6 p.m. May 23 in the school gymnasium.

• Approved the Fiscal Year 2015 school calendar.

• Approved the holiday waiver as discussed in the hearing (which was held before the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m.) for Lincoln’s Birthday, Casimir Pulaski Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

• Approved and retained the closed session minutes from the March 25 board meeting.

• Approved the contract with speech pathologist Mary Anne Child for the 2014-15 school year with a 2 percent pay increase.

• Approved the contract with Sue Cater for nursing services for 2014-15 school year with a 2 percent pay increase.

Superintendent Sharon Sweger reported:

• Enrollment to be 88 students.

• The school currently has six students pre-registered for kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year. It is not unusual to see more at the time of registration.

• The Kuno roll out went well. The Kuno team was at the school for three days. Quentech has also been at the school every day to check in to make sure everything is going OK. So far the school has had just minor things to adjust, and three covers that have broken.

• The school received notice it will receive $750 per district for next year’s library grant. Karla Norden, who works in the library, writes this grant every year and does a really nice job. Norden and Sweger will be working together to determine how to split the grants in the budget.

• By code the school must review Missing Person List yearly to see if it has any students in attendance that are reported missing. Sweger said she reviewed the list, and to her knowledge, there are no students in the district meeting the criteria.

• Gallagher Benefit Services (formerly Miller, Buettner and Parott), the health and life insurance broker, will be meeting with Regina and Sweger on April 23 to discuss renewal rates.

• The Union is ready to start negotiations and would like to meet for the first time on May 15. I will be meeting with the board committees to set a time.

• Bureau Valley School District has invited all Bureau County superintendents and up to two board members from each district to an informational meeting about the 1 percent sales tax on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Princeton library. Cori Thomas and Mike Monier volunteered to be the district’s representatives from the grade school board.

Principal Jason Wilt reported:

• Grandparents’ Day was held April 16. This same day was the school’s Student Council sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive.

• Family Skate Night was April 17.

• Spring Concert and Art Show was April 23.

• Book Fair ran from April 21 to April 24.

• In sports updates, the track team has had a few meets. The weather has not been very cooperative.

• During Earth Week, Geronimo Energy who bought out two wind farm projects, Walnut Ridge and Green River, came to present for Earth Week a tree for each student to plant at home.

• May 7-8 students did a PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test (pencil and paper). High school did a geometry test and fourth grade did reading and language arts.

• The LaMoille and Ohio Booster Clubs held a Trivia Night April 12. It went well for the clubs. Wilt thought they made about $2,000.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m. with the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 20 in the school library.

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