Edon Northwest Local Schools Ready For 2015-2016 School Year

Taking a break during their recent New Employee Orientation at Edon Northwest Local Schools, are, from left, Tim Shininger (half-time Middle School Math Teacher), Sharon Hunt (Family Consumer Science Teacher), Kyle Bostater (Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Athletic Director, half-time High School English Teacher), Aubrie Ridinger (High School Intervention Specialist), Audra Gibson (Sixth Grade Teacher) and Kody McClure (Technology Coordinator). Classes in the District resumed Wednesday, August 19.

Taking a break during their recent New Employee Orientation at Edon Northwest Local Schools, are, from left, Tim Shininger (half-time Middle School Math Teacher), Sharon Hunt (Family Consumer Science Teacher), Kyle Bostater (Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Athletic Director, half-time High School English Teacher), Aubrie Ridinger (High School Intervention Specialist), Audra Gibson (Sixth Grade Teacher) and Kody McClure (Technology Coordinator). Classes in the District resumed Wednesday, August 19.

With a new academic year set to begin next week, Edon Northwest Local Board of Education addressed remaining details for 2015-2016 during its regular session held Tuesday, August 11. President Jamie Schaffter called the 5:30 p.m. meeting to order with all members in attendance.

In addition to taking up a light agenda, members also heard highlighted August Reports to the Board:

Buildings/Grounds/Transportation Committee
•Heard the new football and track scoreboard is currently being installed by District personnel, Thiel Construction and Owen’s Electric. (Edon Athletic Boosters will be reimbursing the District for “fronting” initial electrical/construction costs). Special thanks were extended to Northwest Electric for donating drilling work for the project.

•Learned playground fences had been repaired and paved playing areas recoated; parking lots were crack-sealed and patch repair work done on some of the worst areas (seal-coating and painting will be deferred until next summer) and the tile project is nearing completion (District personnel will reseed areas); all are very pleased with the project’s work done by Fritch Construction and Excavation LLC.

•Presented quotes for west entrance improvements (removal of paving stones and broken concrete then installing new concrete); some benches from the front of the school will be added to the area as well.

Athletic Council
•Developed plans to meet on a quarterly basis prior to the beginning of each season and at the end of the year; discussions will focus on important issues and updates related to District athletic programs.

•Reviewed information in the newly approved Coach Handbook as well as the revised Student-Athlete Handbook.

•Noted 2016 summer schedules will continue to be addressed (working to set up a “no-contact” week with student-athletes to allow for family time/vacations) as well as discussions on the potential for a dual sports policy. At present, members are reviewing other districts’ policies; the positives and negatives of such a policy, etc.

Treasurer Bill Blakely
•Submitted his standard monthly SM2 Report indicating revenues were down four thousand nine hundred forty-six dollars and expenses up approximately one hundred sixty thousand dollars for the same one-month period as last year. The District is tracking nearly one hundred sixty-five thousand dollars worse than a year ago.

In action taken, the Board:
•Accepted, with thanks, donations from the 2015 Post Prom fund (twenty-two hundred dollars to Class of 2016 fund) and various individuals and businesses (ninety-six dollars to Golf Outing/high school fund).

•Accepted the resignations of Amber Doble as second grade teacher and Shannon Higgins as fifth grade teacher effective August 16, 2015.

•Approved contracts with Cynthia Jewell (Library/Media Director), Michael Livensparger (regular bus route/morning) and Abby Mohre (food service/cashier) for 2015-2016 as well as employee salary schedule advancements for Audra Nester (BA to 150 hours) and Aubrie Ridinger (BA to 150 hours).
•Approved a shared service agreement with Montpelier Exempted Village Schools for School Psychologist effective August 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 at a cost of $35,313.

•Approved seventeen bus drivers (regular routes, etc.; pupil transportation/extracurricular event substitutes) and bus routes as provided until adjustments are made after the first few days of school.

•Approved the 2015-2016 Classified Employee Handbook as presented by Superintendent Granger as well as seventeen individuals for Classified/Certified Employee Substitute Contracts (pupil transportation/extracurricular events drivers, cooks, dishwashers, food service cashiers, custodians, secretaries, classroom aides and banquet staff) for the new year. Also approved was Bobbi Brown as Banquet Supervisor.

•Approved the agreement with Wood County Juvenile Detention Center/Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio for 2015-2016 at a cost of sixty-four dollars per day per student placed there.

•Approved the establishment of a Bleacher Replacement Fund. (Funds will not be collected more than five years; project cost estimated at $125,000.)

•Approved the Funds Transfer Agreement with Edon State Bank Company.

•Approved 2015-2016 change funds for the Elementary Office (fifty dollars), Sports (seven hundred fifty dollars), Cheerleaders (eighty dollars).

•Opted not to attend this year’s annual Ohio School Boards Association Conference in November.

•Approved minutes from the regular meeting held July 14 as well as July’s Financial Reports.

•Recommended a Special Board Meeting on August 18 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of employment.

Prior to adjournment, members voted to enter into Executive Session for the expressed purpose of discussing employment of personnel and School Safety Plan revisions; no action was taken.

The next regular monthly meeting of the Edon Northwest Local Board of Education will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the school’s Media Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Lucinda Held-Faulhaber
May be reached at
publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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