OHIO — The Ohio Grade School Board of Education met in regular session on July 15 with the following action taken or discussed:
• Approved agenda as amended, the minutes of the June 17 regular board meeting as presented, treasurer’s report and bills and payroll.
• Approved Worker’s Compensation Self-Insurance Trust (WCSIT) contract renewal.
• Approved Worker’s Compensation Self-Insurance Trust Intergovernmental Cooperative Pooling agreement.
• Award trip criteria remains the same.
• Approved Princeton Elementary Food Service agreement.
• Approved application for the 21st Century Learning Program grant.
Superintendent Sharon Sweger reported:
• Looking at the financial statement, the most exciting news is the district has a balanced budget, consistently under spending in every fund. Even more exciting, the district projected at the beginning of the year a net loss of $59,864 between the revenues and the expenditures, but ended the year with a positive $270,659.
• Summer maintenance: The tuck pointing is complete. They are just waiting on the metal to complete the lintels. E&H agreed to install the Bulldog mural into the stage wall at no cost. The district not only got the mural free, but the installation was free also, and they did a nice job. Also, Sweger is working with McDonald Trucking to determine if they can take out the old mulch and put in pea gravel for the playground. Sweger has also received a price quote from Bryant Nursery for pea gravel and mulch for the playground. It appears the pea gravel will be less expensive. She checked into rubber mulch, but it would be about $25,000 without the removal and the spreading.
• Quentin, the technology coordinator, suggested the district switch to Frontier for phone and Internet service. They previously had T-6 and also paid a separate phone bill. Frontier is supposed to be quicker and less expensive.
• Ohio Public Library’s head librarian Dave Sprung and Sweger wrote a Digital Divide Grant. They have been awarded the grant. This grant provides funds for equipment, staff and community training at the public library, as well as, the school. The grant will pay for the school and public library to provide computer training at both locations. The school will be receiving laptops, and the library will be getting desktops and video equipment.
• The bookkeeper has done an accounting of the food service program. The district ended up with a deficit even after they received one more late payment from the National School Lunch. Sweger would like to have Princeton’s lunch coordinator come train the lunch personnel on the computer program to see if this would help track of the program.
• The grade school earned $545 in interest from the money they invested in a CD.
• The district has received its final ROE compliance visit report from Angie Zarvell, Regional Superintendent of Schools. Both districts passed the compliance evaluation.
The board went into closed session for matters relating to executive session minutes, employment and personnel. After closed session, the board:
• Approved to retain the closed session minutes for several dates from 2000 to current.
• Approved the employment of Joann Bowman as part-time art teacher and Jim Ellwanger as junior high math and science teacher.
• Approved teachers’ three-year contract as presented and responded to the union with proposed changes pending approved rectification by the union.
• Approved a four percent increase in non-certified wages effective on the Sept. 5 payroll.
• Approved a one year contract for principal Jason Wilt with a 4 percent salary increase.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:19 p.m. with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be at 7 p.m. Aug. 19.