OHIO — Ohio Grade School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 26, and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as proposed; the minutes of the Aug. 22, meeting; treasurer’s report; activity account reports and bills and payroll.
• Approved the FY18 budget.
• Set grade school graduation for Saturday, May 19.
• Reviewed the first reading of the policy manual updates. Board will take action next month.
• Kevin Heid from Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc. was present to explain the Qualified Zone Academy Bonds process. The board approved parameters resolution authorizing and providing for an installment purchase agreement for the purpose of paying the cost of purchasing real or personal property, or both, in and for the district, and fort the issue of approximately $697,000 Taxable Debt Certificates (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds), Series 2017, evidencing the rights to payment under said agreement, providing for the security for and means of payment under said agreement of said certificates, and authorizing the sale of said certificates to the purchaser thereof.
• Accepted with regrets, the resignation of Jim Ellwanger as junior high math and science teacher.
• Approved the employment of Sarah Kriz as a long term substitute for junior high math and science teacher for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.
• Accepted with regrets, the resignation of Sarah Hansen as grade school speech coach.
• Approved to accept the employment of Julie Anderson as part-time lunchroom aide.
• Building update: Jennifer Hamilton did a walk through of the boiler with CTS last week. At this time, they are installing insulation around the piping. Last they will install the exhaust system. The boiler should be in operation by the end of the next week.
• Enrollment: The grade school has an enrollment of 69 students and the high school has an enrollment of 34 students.
• Preliminary PARCC scores: Jason Wilt discussed the preliminary PARCC results for grades 3-8. Finalized results should be available on the Illinois Report Card at the end of October. Wilt will report the official results when they become available.
• Strive for 5 attendance program: It’s called Strive for 5, because it urges students to strive to miss fewer than five days of school each year. Research is clear, and our own data confirms that students with satisfactory attendance have a better chance to succeed in school, while chronically absent students are at high risk of failure and of dropping out altogether. Strive for 5 engage and their parents to commit to the first step in school success-regular attendance. For students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, attendance really matters.
• Volleyball: Volleyball just finished up their season on Saturday at the BVEC tournament. Boys’ basketball practice started with Jacob Millhouse as the new coach. He has 11 boys signed-up for the year. Also, Kristen Ryan has started cheerleading and has no girls signed-up.
The board will meet again Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the district office.