OHIO — The Ohio Grade School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as presented; minutes of the Sept. 26 meeting and budget hearing; treasurer’s and activity account reports and bills and payroll or August.
• There was no public session.
• Enrollment: The grade school has 70 students and the high school has 34 students.
• Healthy Community Grant: With the assistance of a state grant, starting in January or February the school will facilitate a community program for parents and other community members on Wednesday evenings (before church activities). There will be no cost for any adult who would like to participate. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Arukah Institute for Healing in Princeton will facilitate group discussions with parents, staff and community members about setting healthy boundaries and meeting the needs of youth in a healthy and positive way. Planned activities will benefit students, staff and parents.
• Fiber-optic cable installation: E-rate funding has allowed the school to work with Frontier to run fiber optic cable from the four-way stop to the building. This is the fastest Internet cable available and loss of connection will only be related to server. Next step in the project is for Quentech to run the cable within the building. Down the road the school will be exploring a new server and phone system.
• QZAB Bond update: Farmers National Bank in Prophetstown has picked up the entire QZAB amount. The amount will be a 10-year note and there is one year from now to get the money spent.
• 2018-19: Support for closed campus at lunch? At this time the school has middle and high school students who leave for lunch and do not return. The high school board is open to implementing a closed campus Jan. 1. The grade school board is split on the decision and wants to consider the needs of those students who do not abuse the privilege.
• Proposed Levy: The proposed levy does not require truth-in-taxation meeting (the board will not request an increase of five percent or more). The board is expected to vote on the levy during its November meeting.
• Professional Learning Community (PLC) Teachers continue using one planning time per week to identify common core standards and align their instruction and assessment with those standards.
• The school attendance dropped from August to September and Wilt is working on increasing these numbers back up. Chronic absenteeism is defined as 10 or more excused or unexcused absences per school year. Ohio will continue to focus PBIS efforts on increasing student attendance.
• The boys basketball team took second last week at the Malden Tournament. Brock Loftus was chosen to the All American Basketball Team and Anna McDonald and Helen Wojcik were chosen as all All American Cheerleaders.
• The school-wide PBIS team hosted a surprise celebration for all students on Friday the 13th. It was an all day celebration promoting positive behavior and accomplishments during the first quarter. The PBIS Committee planned a surprise every time the bell rang for students to change classes. The day started with doughnuts, juice, milk and teachers’ Flash Mob. Students experienced so many fun things throughout the day. Teachers performed the Chicken Dance, Go Cubs Go and Hokey Poky just to name a few. Students and staff were treated to special finale with Mr. Olson (Ohio’s new music teacher), accompanied by his wife, and the music students performing a mini fall chorus and band concert. School concluded with the teachers and students participating together in a line dance.
• Buddy Bags are being provided by the local Lutheran Church and several churches in Princeton. Once a week volunteers get together at the New Hampshire Church and put the bags together. The bags are prepared for Ohio, Princeton and Malden families who have signed up.
In other news, the board:
• Approved the second and final reading of board policy changes.
• Approved FY17 Audit.
• Approved levy proposal.
• Approve a resolution amending the resolution adopted on Sept. 25, 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, to now authorize the issuance of not to exceed $877,000 Taxable Debt Certificates (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds) of the district evidencing the rights to payment under said agreement and to amend certain of the parameters and terms for the issuance of said debt certificates.