Montpelier Board Gives Green Light To The $3.9 Million Athletic Academic Complex Addition

It’s officially underway.

At their February 14 regular session, the Montpelier Exempted Village Board of Education officially put in motion the processes that will result in the new academic and athletic complex just to the north of the school campus. With the final utilities snags remedied, the Board approved a resolution for the detailed estimate of construction costs and construction documents, and authorized the commencement of bidding for the construction of the new recreation center project at an estimated cost of $3.9 million. Bids are expected to be in by the April meeting.

In concert with the opening of the bidding process, the Board also approved a resolution of a first amendment to the contract for professional design services, at a cost of $312,000. According to District Treasurer, Carla Rice, “This is the architect’s contract. Our original architect’s contract was based upon a $2.5 million project. The project estimate increased, so we needed to adjust their contract.”

The Achievement Report of Student Liaison, Deb Clum, recognized the following students for high achievement:
Nolan Gibbs – Kindergarten
Rowan Brown – 1st grade
Rebecca Waters – 2nd grade
Meagan Gilmore – 3rd grade
Kyler Stoy – 4th grade
Drake Sommer – 5th grade
Jamison Grime – 6th grade
Trista Ussery – 6th grade
Cameron Null – 10th grade

Alivyah Wyse was named to the High Five Club, and Spelling Bee winner, Lyndsi Engels, was awarded with a $100 gift from the Denver G. Bechtol family

The Board accepted several donations from area businesses and organizations. The Montpelier Area Foundation contributed $2,500 toward the 2017 Academic Banquet, and CK Technologies donated $1,000 to the Robotics program. Chase Brass donated $500.00 each to the Wrestling, Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball programs. $2000 was received from the Montpelier Athletic Boosters for Baseball, another $2,000 for Softball, and $5,000 for the Track program. A donation of $862 from the Montpelier Music Boosters was earmarked to Locomotion, and $250 from the Montpelier Academic Boosters was donated to the Robotics program.

The Board approved the annual resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission, authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

The Board approved the resignation of Phys Ed and Health teacher Christiana Bauer at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, and approved Anthony Coleman as an indoor track volunteer coach, charged with the supervision of student athletes at the Ohio State Indoor Track Meet to be held in Akron, Ohio on March 4.

The Board approved Jayme Balasko as concession stand manager for $1,200 for the 2016-2017 school year, and added Theresa Lineback to the substitute aide and the substitute custodian lists, Ronda Stambaugh to the substitute cafeteria and substitute aide lists, and Gloria Frisby to the substitute aide, substitute cafeteria and substitute custodial lists for the 2016-2017 school year.

The Board awarded supplemental contracts for the 2016-2017 school year to Troy Christman as a summer school tutor at $16.57 per hour, with a maximum of 40 hours, Beth Dye as a Varsity Track assistant, Ashley Bailey as the JV Softball coach, and Nickolas Ramos as the JV Baseball coach.

The Board entered into a service agreement with the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center (NwOESC) for fiscal year 2018 services at an estimated cost of $319,831.16.

The Board approved the sixth graders going first to the Toledo Zoo for an overnight Zoo Snooze on May 2 and May 3, then onward to the Ronald McDonald House for a tour. The Board also approved the Post Prom travel plans to Dave and Busters in Toledo on May 13.

Prior to adjournment, the Board retired into executive session for the discussion of negotiations and bargaining sessions with employees, with no action taken upon returning to regular session.

Timothy Kays can be reached at tim@thevillagereporter.com

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