OHIO — The Ohio High School Board of Education met in regular session on April 28 and the following action was taken or discussed:
• Approved the agenda as presented, the minutes from the March 24 regular meeting and bills and payroll.
• The board will review February and March treasurer’s reports next month. No motion was made.
• Certified the Class of 2014 for graduation, pending completion of all requirements. Graduation will be at 7:15 p.m. May 23 in the school gymnasium.
• Approved the FY’15 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. Both districts will recognize the contributions of these individuals through instructional activities on these days if in attendance or the preceding day if not in attendance.
Superintendent Sharon Sweger reported:
• Enrollment to be 34 students.
• The Kuno roll out went well. The Kuno team was here for three days. Quentin from Quentech has been here every day to check in to make sure everything is going OK.
• The two districts received notice last week that they will each receive $750 for next year’s library grant. Karla Norden who works in the library writes this grant every year. Sweger and her will be working together to determine how to split the grants in the budget.
• By code the board must review Missing Person List yearly to see if they have any students in attendance that are reported missing. Sweger 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 met with Regina and Sweger on April 23 to discuss renewal rates. Sweger told the board that rates are going up and the brokers are trying to negotiate lower rates for the district.
• The union is ready to start negotiations and met for the first time on May 15. The grade school board representatives are Cori Thomas and Robert Albrecht and the high school board representatives are Chad Deery and Brock Kaecker.
• Bureau Valley School District invited all Bureau County superintendents and up to two board members from each district to an informational meeting about the one percent sales tax on May 7 at the Princeton library. Cori Thomas and Mike Monier volunteered to be Ohio’s two representatives from the grade school board and Harold Albrecht and Brock Kaecker from the high school board.
Principal Jason Wilt reported:
• The student council sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive on April 16 with a really good turnout.
• Spring Concert and Art Show were held on April 23..
• Book Fair ran from April 22-24.
• In sports updates, the track team has had a few meets. The weather has not been very cooperative.
• Geronimo Energy held presentations for the students and gave them each a tree to plant at home for Earth Week.
• ACT Testing was held April 23-24.
• May 7-8 students did a PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test (pencil and paper). High school will take the Geometry test, 8th grade will take Algebra and 4th grade will take reading and Language Arts.
• The LaMoille and Ohio Booster Clubs held a Trivia Night on April 12. Each club made about $1,400.
The board went into executive session at 7:22 p.m. and came out at 7:34 p.m. Afterwards, the board approved:
• The contract with Sue Cater for nursing services for 2014-15 school year with a 2 percent pay increase.
• The contract with Speech Pathologist Mary Anne Child for the 2014-15 school year with a 2 percent pay increase.
• The contract of Driver’s Education teacher Charlie Yelm for the summer of 2014 with the same increase as the teachers.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 p.m. with the next regularly scheduled meeting being held at 7 p.m. May 19 in the school library.