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BV Foundation awards over $20,000

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Foundation selected 22 teachers as recipients of the annual foundation grant monies.

Foundation board members Jason VanLanduit and Laura Rueter were present at Monday’s school board meeting to hand out certificates to the teachers and report that the Foundation was able to award $20,547, which will be used on an array of items for classrooms.

Each year, teachers are encouraged to apply for the grant monies to purchase needed items for their classroom. This year, VanLanduit said teachers asked for a wide selection of items including projectors, iPads, laptops, bulletin boards, shelves, trumpets, a piece of carpet, dumbbells, scanners and magazines.

Teachers who received grant money included Dan DeVenney, Virginia Pratt, Jennifer Backer, Victoria Boyle, Brian Humphrey, Carol Larkin, Val Peterson, Ann Draper, Terry Drawyer, Bret Helms, Abbi Bosnich, Mae Jaggers, Sharon Peterson, Miranda Coomer, Gavin Wolever, Ashley Stabler, Amie Ellbery, Leslie Harshman, Donna Huebner, Jen DeBrock, Cindy Martin and Andrew Blackert.

There were a total of 28 applications received this year, with all items totaling $33,304.

Rueter reminded how important it is to recognize the efforts of community members and to watch how the money raised is used to improve education.

“It’s important to see that money turn around and go right back into the classroom, because next year we’re going to be asking for that money again,” she said.

VanLanduit noted that since the Foundation started up in 1996, it’s given back $157,355 to teachers. He said the Foundation started out donating $4,235, compared to today where they are able to raise and donate on average $21,000.

Finance report

Interim Superintendent Dennis Thompson briefly reported on the status of the education and operation/maintenance funds. He said there was concern regarding the operation/maintenance fund and they would be projecting costs for May and June to see if the board will have to amend the agenda. The education fund, however is looking rather positive.

“I don’t even want to say this, but I think it maybe looks OK. Which is dangerous, but it looks just as it was scheduled,” he said.

Thompson said the board was expected to transfer $700,000 to the fund from the working cash fund, however it was not needed.

“We’re trying to lean away from that $700,000 figure as best as we can. The farther away from it, the better off we all will be,” he said.

Personnel adjustments

The school board had several personnel items on their agenda to approve at Monday night’s meeting. Before approving the adjustments, Thompson said at May’s board meeting it will be discussed on how the salary changes will effect finances for next year.

The school board accepted the resignation of nine staff members including Interim Superintendent James Whitmore, BV South Special Education Aide Arlene Stone, High School Track Coach Nick Hartz, High School Drama Director Andrea Kurth, BV Unit Secretary/Board Secretary Jean Roberts, BV North PreK Aide Sheryl Lange, BV North Speech/Language Pathologist Jennifer Donnelly, BV South Special Education Teacher Emily Redmann and BV South Student Council Sponsor Erin Matlick.

The board approved to employ Interim Superintendent Marcia Burress, who will replace Whitmore’s position until the end of the year.

The board approved to hire 19 staff members including BV South Special Education Teacher Paula Maier, BV South Junior High Special Education Teacher Sarah Schneider, BV South Language Arts Teacher Candie Heston, BV Wyanet/South Special Education Aide Dorothy DeMay, High School Special Education Teacher Ann Taylor, BEST Program Teacher Lacey Kesap, District Food Service Director Ellen Ringle, Custodial Substitute Gerald Eschleman, BV North Kindergarten Teacher Christa Gruber, BV North First Grade Teacher Jennifer Davis, BV North Third Grade Teacher Zach DeMay, BV North Speech Language Pathologist Linnea Anderson and summer custodial help, which includes Adam Weidner, Emily Matthew, Samantha Shepard, John Matlick, Breonna Balensifen and Riley DeBrock, and high school secretary Renee Hartz.

The board authorized the hiring of a head mechanic and finalized a new contract for the position.

The board approved to reassign two teachers and two coaches including BV South Special Education Teacher to Buda Special Education for grades 3-5 Karen Nordstrom; BV South Special Education Teacher to Wyanet Elementary Special Education Teacher Erin Matlick; Head Boys Track Coach Jeff Ohlson and Assistant Boys Track Coach Dan DeVenney.

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