Evergreen School Board Handles Routine Meeting

The Evergreen Local Board of Education met in regular session last night, Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7 p.m. There were three visitors present.

The Board conducted the following business:

* Approved the February financial reports presented by the Treasurer.

* Accepted the amount and rates determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor for FY18.

* Accepted the following donations:

* $765 from South Fairfield Arbor #607 of Gleaner Life Insurance Company to Evergreen Elementary Principal’s Activity Account (0189221) for Mad Cap Puppets.

* $5,040 from Evergreen Music Boosters to the Evergreen music department for the purchase of two new French Horns.

* Approved the following teachers, as needed, to provide summer school instruction at $27.50 per hour
Jake Dawson Sharon Purdy Karin Walker Melanie Yoder

Summer School sessions will be held for 12 days near the conclusion of the school year, with two teachers per day providing instruction for approximately 20 students.

* Offered new high school counselor, Sarah Roper, up to 10 additional workdays for training and transitional purposes at the per diem rate of pay before her contractual period begins on Aug. 1.

* Accepted the retirement resignation of Joanne Pinkava, occupational therapist. Pinkava’s retirement becomes effective June 30; her services for our children will be missed.

* Approved a contract with Northern Buckeye Education Council (NBEC) for services to be provided by the Fiscal Services Coordinator on an as-needed basis beginning on Feb. 24 through June 30, at a rate of $45/hour up to 40 hours per week, to assist with payroll reporting issues. (Note: Services needed at this point are not anticipated to exceed one day).

* Approved an agreement with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) to provide Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) Services for the 2016-2017 school year at a cost of $11,704.00.

* Adopted the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code §3313.843 provides that the board of education of each city, exempted village or local school district with an average daily student enrollment of 16,000 or less, must enter into an agreement with the governing board of an educational service center, under which the educational service center shall provide services to the district. The Evergreen Board of Education, in compliance with Ohio Revised Code §3313.843, hereby authorizes and approves the Agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center for the provision of services for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The services included in the agreement shall be determined by the Superintendent on behalf of the Board of Education and shall be provided to the district in the manner specified in the agreement.

* Approved an agreement with Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) to cooperatively participate in special education services for fiscal year 2017-18 at an estimated cost of $758,822.14. The Board and NwOESC agree that $683,822 of this amount shall be paid pursuant to R.C. 3313.845 or applicable law by having this amount deducted from the Board’s state foundation payment, with any remaining balance being invoiced and paid directly to the NwOESC.

Note: These amounts are based on estimated costs and may be modified.

* Rescinded, effective July 31 an agreement with Mercy St Vincent Medical Center that is set to expire on July 31, 2018 and to enter into a new 5-year agreement with Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center LLC. The new agreement will provide expanded athletic training services at a cost not to exceed $15,000 per year and becomes effective on August 1.

*Under Discussion and Information:
1. Soccer and Football Fields: Superintendent Jim Wyse reported that he hopes to have more detailed information from the architect for the soccer and football fields at the April Board meeting.
2. District Financial Outlook: Treasurer Denise Leu presented a brief overview of the district’s financial position based on her recent unofficial update of the 5-year forecast, in preparation for Board discussion at future meetings regarding whether or not to renew the .5% income levy. She also presented various filing deadlines should the Board decided to put this issue on the November ballot.

The Next Regular Board Meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Loren Pennington Learning Center.

James Pruitt may be reached at publisher@thevillagereporter.com

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