OHIO — The Ohio High School Board met in regular session on Oct. 23 and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as presented; the minutes of the Sept. 25 regular meeting and budget hearing; treasurer’s and activity account reports and bills and payroll.
• Lexi Loftus and Sean Fitzpatrick were representing the Ohio FFA and wanted to update the board of all the events they have been involved in during the first quarter. Loftus has been to a state horse judging contest and their team placed in the top half. The Ohio FFA students have attended the Bureau County Fair and talked to kids about the importance of farming by using props and the kids seemed to really enjoy it. FFA is all about community service and students are really getting involved. As a senior, Loftus was able to attend the Farm Progress Show which, in her words, was “amazing.” She talked about the different hybrids of corn, machinery and free stuff. Fitzpatrick shared he is active in the trapshooting team. At their first meet, the junior varsity placed fifth and varsity placed third. At the second meet, the junior varsity placed first. Their next meet is Nov. 4. Both students talked with a lot of enthusiasm about the ag program. The board and administration were very pleased and are excited to see the program grow.
• The junior class officers were present to ask the board to pay for transportation for the 2018 prom as it has done in the past. After getting bids, students came back with Cheeseman, which has been very accommodating and cost-friendly to the school in the past. The amount this year is $800. Maddi Tennison gave a tentative rundown of prom plans. The students thanked the board for its continued support.
• The senior class presented its tentative class trip proposal. The class is asking permission for an overnight senior trip during spring break. Loftus explained how much money seniors have in their account and the fundraisers they have lined up to make the final amount they will need. They have concessions and a brat sale coming up. Superintendent Jennifer Hamilton thanked the seniors for coming and said she will put this proposal on the agenda next month for approval.
• Enrollment is 70 students in the grade school and 34 students in the high school.
• 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 child care will be provided. Arukah for Healing Institute of Princeton will facilitate group discussions with parents, staff and community members about setting healthy boundaries and meeting the needs of youths in a healthy and positive way. Planned activities will benefit students, staff and parents.
• Fiber-optic 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 the 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.
• Building committee: The committee planned to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss summer 2018 projects.
• QZAB board update: Farmers National Bank in Prophetstown has picked up the entire QZAB amount. The amount will be a 10-year note, and the district will have one year from now to get the money spent.
• 2018-19: Support for closed campus at lunch? At this time, Ohio has students in middle and high school who leave for lunch and do not return. The high school board is open to implementing a closed campus Jan. 1.
• Proposed levy: Proposed levy does not require a truth-in-taxation meeting (the district will not request an increase of five percent or more). The board plans to vote on the levy during its regular November meeting.
• Professional Learning Community teachers continue using one planning time per week to identify common core standards and align their instruction and assessment with those standards. Principal Jason Wilt said it is a very difficult and time-consuming job, and he thanked the teachers for their hard work.
• The high school attendance dropped from August to September, and Wilt is working on increasing these numbers. Chronic absenteeism is defined as 10 or more excused or unexcused absences per school year. The school will continue to focus its efforts on increasing student attendance.
• NHS/Student Council has already been working on some community service projects. First, they raised more than $1,000 at a volleyball game in one minute for Caleb Clausen and his family. They each had a container and ran around the crowd for one minute and raised the money. Student Council also collected items for victims of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Mrs. Hughes made sure items were delivered to the right places to be distributed.
• WACC Student of the Month for September: Daniel Henrikson - Welding.
• A Youth Leadership Summit was held at IVCC. Principal Wilt took nine students. Wilt said they had a great lineup of speakers, and he hopes the students brought home some great leadership skills.
• Sports update: Volleyball Senior Night was Oct. 12, for Lexi Loftus and Maddi Deery. Football Senior Night was Oct. 13, for Wyatt Fultz.
• 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 donuts, 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. Thank you to the PBIS Committee for planning a fabulous day!
• Buddy Bags are being provided by the local Lutheran Church and several churches in Princeton. The volunteers meet every Wednesday at the Hampshire church in Princeton to pack the bags. The bags go to families in Ohio, Princeton and Malden who have signed up for the program.
In other news, the board:
• Approved Cheeseman Bus Service for Prom 2018 at $800.
• Approved second and final reading of board policy changes.
• Approved FY17 audit.
• Approved levy proposal.
• Approved 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.
• Appointed Janice Campbell as replacement for resigned board member Mindy Ringenberg.
The next regular school board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 27, in the district office.