Members of the Montpelier Exempted Village Board of Education convened in regular session on the evening of February 5.
Items from Elementary Principal Lance Thorp’s report included mention of the D.A.R.E. graduation, which took place on January 16. He also reported that the third graders participated in a PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) practice test, known as an infrastructure test. The purpose was to determine if the school’s technology is capable of handling all the data needed for the test. “I’m proud and glad to say that it all went well, District-wide, and not just for the third grade,” reported Mr. Thorp.
High School Principal Su Thorp reported that the recent Blood Drive netted 42 units, topping the challenge goal, and earning the school a $250 scholarship to be awarded to a fortunate member of the Montpelier Class of 2015.
In financial matters, the Board moved to approve the financial statements for the month of January, and accepted a donation of 1,874.00 from F.I.R.S.T. Club, to be given to Girls’ Basketball. The Board agreed to a cash advance of $35,000 from the General Fund to the Permanent Improvement Fund, to be repaid in August of 2015, and the creation of fund number 300-9460 for the Jazz Band.
In matters of the employment of certified staff, the Board approved a maternity leave for Kaitlin Brancheau, beginning April 6, 2015, through the end of the 2014-15 school year. The Board approved the graduate hours for David Bauer and Alysha Saneholtz for the 2014-2015 school year, and agreed to authorize Athletic Director Joseph Brigle to secure workers for high school and junior high school Ohio High School Athletic Association tournaments, as needed, for the 2014-15 school year. Receiving supplemental contracts for the 2014-15 school year were Lance Thorp as Head Baseball Coach; Timothy Ford as Varsity Baseball Assistant; Taylor Muehlfeld as JV Baseball Coach; Troy Roth as Head Track Coach; Blayne Bible and Anthony Coleman as Varsity Track Assistants, and David Apple and Jason Johnston as Junior High Track Coaches.
In matters pertaining to the employment of classified staff, the Board agreed to employ Carla Rice as District Interim CFO/Treasurer, beginning February 5, 2015, thru March 15, 2015 at $27.73 per hour, then extending her a three year-plus contract as District CFO/Treasurer beginning March 16, 2015 thru July 31, 2018 at a salary of $76,000.
The Board authorized Athletic Director Joseph Brigle to secure workers for high school and junior high school Ohio High School Athletic Association tournaments, as needed, for the 2014-15 school year. Supplemental contracts for the 2014-2015 school year were awarded to Scott Goodnight as Varsity Track Assistant; Darrin Repp as Head Softball Coach; Greg Repp as a Varsity Softball Assistant; Brooke Watts as JV Softball Coach, and Samantha Brubaker as a Softball Volunteer.
The Board moved to approve an agreement with Frontier Communication of America, Inc., and in an annual housekeeping measure, agreed to approve a resolution accepting the amounts and rates determined by the Budget Commission, authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Auditor.
In his Legislative Report, Mr. Chris Wurm noted that the Governor’s proposed budget has been released for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Proposed changes in school funding were noted, proposing changing the funding priorities from being based upon community size, to that of community income.
The Student Achievement Liaison Report of Mr. Darrell Higbie again recognized high achieving students, as nominated by their teachers. Being recognized this month were…
Mallory Hornung – 1st grade
Sabrina Wiyrick – 2nd grade
Eli Fackler – 3rd grade
Gavin Zyjewski – 4th grade
Heath Frantom – 5th grade
Caden Parm – 6th grade
Ethan Marihugh – 6th grade
Prior to adjournment, the Board retired into executive session for the purpose of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of an employee or the investigation of charges or complaints against an employee, official, licensee or student. No action was taken as a result of the executive session deliberations.
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