OHIO — The Ohio High School Board met in regular session on March 19 and conducted the following business:
• In public session, Bethanie Quarton was recognized for her first-place award in the poetry category at the Prairie Arts Festival Creative Writing Class. There were 61 entries judged in the category. Her poem was titled, “Quilt.” Quarton read her poem to the board.
• Approved the yearly IHSA contract.
• Approved the AED action plan.
• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with LaMoille School District to share the employment of a Spanish teacher for the 2018-19 school year.
• Reviewed the first reading of policy updates and policy administration procedures.
• Enrollment: Preschool students have been added to the grade school enrollment and with this additional eight students, the enrollment is 78 students in the grade school, 33 students in the high school, for a total of 111 students.
• Project update: Abatement will begin on May 23 and take approximately two weeks.
• Attendance update: In February, the high school had an 89.75 percent attendance rate, which is a slight increase from December and January. The goal is 90 percent or higher.
• School Improvement and Teachers Institute days were March 2 and 5. Staff were introduced to some new technology tools that will aid them in their classroom instruction and data analysis. Staff also worked with the PLC trainers.
• The variety show was held March 9, directed by Mr. Olson.
• Skating took place in P.E. classes, and Family Night Skate was March 22.
• SAT for juniors was set for April 10.
• Sports update: Three boys are out for high school track, and four girls joined softball.
• Community Fitness Nights were held on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Prom Premier was set for April 28 in the Auditorium. Prom was scheduled for the Mendota Civic Center, with post-prom at Plum Hollow in Dixon. The school board provided a charter bus for all students.
Following executive session, the board:
• Approved a three-year contract for Principal Jason Wilt.
• Danielle Hughes has agreed to take on additional job responsibilities within her position. In
addition to her current responsibilities, Hughes will be responsible for management of the building use and calendar of events. The board approved an increase in Hughes’ hourly rate of pay with the change in job responsibilities.