Superintendent Jamie Grime told Board members and guests “there are a lot of people in this community wanting to help do big things for our students” as he acknowledged the receipt of over $12,000 in donations during the month of August. “I just want to thank everybody involved in these organizations to provide for our kids.”
Superintendent Grime noted the high school English Department had a need of 20 laptops for the students. The Fraternal Order of Eagles – Montpelier donated $5,000 to purchase the laptops. Fathers Interested In Restoring Sports Tradition donated $834.47 to start a flag football program. St. Paul’s United Methodist Women donated $100.00 for the nurse’s fund. The First United Methodist Women donated $658.98 to the nurse’s fund for the specific use of student needs.
The Montpelier Athletic Boosters donated a total of $6,292.97 for the fall sports programs: cross country ($163.47), cheerleading ($575.00), golf ($1,534.50), volleyball ($820.00) and the football program received $3,200. The Class of 1958 donated $40 to the Athletic Department in Memory of Lavon Cox. Target “Take Charge of Education” donated $70.35 to the high school principal’s fund.
Two new funds were established. The Guidance Fund for the Williams County College Fair to be held at the Montpelier school with over 50 colleges participating in the fair. Students from each of the schools in Williams County are invited to attend. With the rising cost of gas, this fair will allow the students the opportunity to meet with more colleges of interest to obtain information at a significant savings to the family. Additionally, workshops will be available in areas of obtaining financial aid and how to take the ACT and understanding the scoring. The second fund was for the establishment of an elementary student council for grades 3-6.
Principal Su Thorp reported the school year was off to a great start in academics, student behavior and sports potential. Principal Graham noted Picture Day will be Thursday. Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for the end of the month. Both Principal Thorp and Principal Graham were pleased with the work accomplished at the workshop held Tuesday, noting they still have a lot of work ahead of them. The district is working toward the Common Core Standards established in the Ohio Revised Standards.
Board members approved charging the Food Service Fund 2.02% for utilities during the 2012-13 school year. Superintendent Grime noted “it may not seem significant, but this will amount to nearly $8,000.” In the past, the cost of utilities have been paid out of the general fund even though there was a separate line item for food service.
The Board approved graduate hours for Timothy Ford, Deborah Johnson, Miranda Moor, Alexandra Reucher, and Katie Zimmerman. Barbara Turner was approved as LPDC member for the 2012-13 school year. Supplemental contracts were approved for Ryan Bonitz (marching band and PEP band), Katy Corkle (.5 yearbook advisor) and Taylor Muehlfeld (athletic game manager and fall weight room coordinator). Additional contracts were approved for Tyler Jordan (volunteer football coach, 2012-13 school year), Kathy Miller to be added to the substitute custodial list, Dallas Royer and Kyle Finch OWA cafeteria student workers for 2012-2013 school year) and to add Tracy Cape to the substitute nurse list for 2012-13 school year.
The Board went into executive session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of an employee or the investigation of charges or complaints against an employee, licensee or student. No action was taken after executive session.