OHIO — The Ohio Grade School board met in regular session Aug. 21 and conducted the following business:
• Approved the agenda as amended, minutes of the July 24 meeting as presented, the July treasurer’s report, the student activity report, and bills and payroll.
• During audience participation, Mrs. Ryan introduced two new middle school teachers. Megan Hellrung teaches English and language arts, and Tina Anderson teaches math and science. Board President Robert Albrecht welcome them both and thanked them for coming.
• Approved Superintendent Jennifer Hamilton and Principal Jason Wilt as qualified evaluators.
• Approved setting the high school tentative graduation date for Saturday, May 18.
• Approved contracts with Quintech Inc., the bus drivers and cafeteria staff.
• Approved tenure for Lynn Lambert, who teaches business, technology and computers.
• Approved Jodi Seibert as new preschool bus monitor.
• Approved tentative budget for public display in the district office for the FY19 school year.
• Building updates: Occupancy permit granted on Aug. 13. Final walk through completed on Aug. 15. All equipment, pipes, electrical upgrade is completed. CTS will return in late September/early October to make final inspection of the boiler and equipment for preparing them for usage. CTS will also provide training for staff in how to use the individual classroom and office controls. In addition, Bart Piper will receive training in how to operate the computerized system. Hamilton met with V&C concerning a square of concrete that needs to be replaced that was cracked during the summer construction, along with three other squares that are showing signs of cracking.
• Enrollment: Grade school has 72 students, high school has 33 students and the preschool has 10 students.
• New 21st Century employee: Lori Henrickson.
• Certified staff evaluations: All formal observations, post conferences and final summative evaluations will be completed by March 1 (non-tenured staff only). This will allow for more flexibility to schedule tenured staff members after this deadline.
• Back-to-School Night kickoff: The event, held Aug. 15, had a great turnout. High school teachers met with students and parents and kicked off the new school year. PTO served hot dogs, chips and a drink.
• Chronic absenteeism: For the upcoming ratings that will be determined for FY19 calculations, chronic absenteeism will be counted at 7.5 percent of a school’s total score. An absence is going to be counted as an absence regardless of the reason, so a student who misses with a legitimate doctor’s excuse will be treated the same as a student who purposefully skips school. Chronic absenteeism will most likely be set at 10 percent of the year.