OHIO — Ohio High School Board met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 25, and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as proposed; the minutes of the Aug. 21 meeting; treasurer’s report; activity account reports and bills and payroll.
• Approved the FY18 budget.
• Set high 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 for 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.
• Approved to accept the employment of Julie Anderson as part-time lunchroom aide.
* High school band/choir trip opportunity to Nashville with LaMoille: LaMoille High School recently asked our music students to join their students on a Nashville Country Tour. The tour is arranged by LCUSD Music Department with the Custom Student Travel Agency. They would go Feb. 23- 26. The cost per student is $650. We have four students interested in going. The students are required to either pay for their participation and/or fundraise for the cost. LaMoille students have been fundraising since last spring so our students are at a slight disadvantage. The students have a fundraiser planned at Sip and Snack to start off their fundraising.
• 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.
• Short-term youth exchange program: The Walnut Rotary has offered to sponsor a Short-Term Exchange program for one Bureau Valley student and one Ohio student. It will be for the summer of 2018. Students will be chosen by applications. The Rotary will pay the program fee. The student will have to pay the rest of the costs. The student can pick the country they would like to go to and they will go stay with a student their age and host family next summer for four weeks. When they return, the student they stayed with will come back with them and stay for four weeks at their home.
• 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.
• Sports: The volleyball team is having another great year. They won the LaMoille Invitational for the third year in a row. Football is going well and have won their last two games in a row. Also, we had one student out for golf this year and he has done really well.
The board will meet again Monday, Oct. 23, in the district office.